Truly great success is not the product of putting in the tremendous effort required to become good at something in which one is innately mediocre. When it comes to achieving excellence in a given task or field, one who is naturally good at the thing has a tremendous advantage.
We tend to seek to improve the things we are weakest at because we want to overcome perceived inadequacies. At best, we will improve and become better at a given task, but we will never be great at it. This approach serves us up to the point that we become competent in written expression, general mathematics and have a reasonable understanding of the world. Beyond basic knowledge, however, there is little benefit to focusing on improving the things we aren’t talented at when, instead, we could channel that same effort and energy into the things we are naturally good at and become spectacular successes.
Every person possesses innate gifts and strengths. The most important step in securing success is to discover your gift and get to work becoming the best at what you are already good at. Your excellence will bring you success, satisfaction and fulfillment. The ensuing sense of happiness, actual productivity and purpose you’ll feel will create a better world for us all.