The Beauty of Working Hard

I’m fairly convinced anyone can be super successful. But no, this isn’t one of those super encouraging, inspirational blog posts. So get ready to be slapped in the face.

I’m convinced anyone can be super successful, but most people won’t. Because most people think success has to do with talent or skill. It has so little to do with that. It’s really all about working hard. It’s about saying yes to inconvenient projects or projects that scare you.

Too many artists see those who are successful and get intimidated. “I could never do that. I wish my skill level was high enough.” But it’s really not about that. It’s about doing something with whatever talent you have. Many of the most successful folks out there are only mediocre in talent. But they’re excellent in hard work. We don’t see that side of things. We just see the flash of brilliance that resulted from the hard work.

So that’s the key. Working hard. I think it’s important for artists to acknowledge this fact.

First, it’ll keep you humble when you do find success. Acknowledging that it’s working hard at the opportunities God sends your way makes you feel less like a celebrity. Machines aren’t glamorous or famous. They just work hard.

Secondly, we need to realize we can be successful. We need to power through failure and do great projects. Great projects require risk and they require work. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have, if you don’t apply that talent to something, you’ll never be great. There are so many talented artists that will never see the light of day because they hide in the shadows. They don’t work. They rely on talent…

Talent doesn’t get you far. Work does. So squeeze those last drops out of your talent and put it to good use.



This article was written by Jonathan Malm who helps people uncover creative options for their life and their church. He’s the author of Created for More, a 30-day devotional to help you develop a more creative mind. You’ll find him in San Antonio, Texas, roasting his own coffee beans and enjoying life with his Argentine wife, Carolina.

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