I think the author is correct in asserting that hard work makes the difference. I think that building from your strengths and talents is just as vital :)

Originally posted on HR Inner Circle:

For most people, work is hard enough without trying to make it harder. But the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the little ‘extra’ – those few =extra steps are so difficult and painful. That’s the way it always has been – and that’s precisely why great performance is always rare. Which leads us to possibly the greatest secret about greatness.

Great men and women aren’t born, they are made. It’s not about genetics or inborn talent. Rather greatness is the result of years and years of enormous amounts of hard, intense work and practice.

Hard work – there is simply no substitute.

The first major conclusion is that nobody is great without work. Example after example from around the world demonstrates that it takes intense amount of practice and hard work to succeed. Simply put, greatness isn’t handed to anyone; it requires a lot of hard work.

Practice –…

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