I’m not sure this is how I would want to be described. There’s nothing wrong with being born with natural talents and skill, but it can be a downfall if we choose to lean on it instead of putting in the work.

And it certainly doesn’t have to be one or the other. We can be blessed by being proficient in something and in addition be a person who has the drive and work ethic to continue to develop those skills in order to see how far we can go.

But often, we can find ourselves staying comfortable with where we are rather than pushing into the unknown. Another words, going soft.

There’s nothing wrong with that, just as long as we know where we stand and what we’re doing. Don’t be mistaken that your success has come from your tenacity and dedication to your craft, if you’re actually solely relying on your natural ability. I have seen too many people have a skill set for something at a very young age, only to ride that out without any extra effort and being passed by a much less talented kid who shows up every day and puts in the work.

Gifted is great. Grit is better.