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Personal growth: the “hard work = talent” paradigm May 27, 2014

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal development, Self-Discipline.
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Planning, goal-setting, establishing deadlines, and ultimately executing the components of our personal growth programs requires ingenuity, work, and yes, talent.

* Talent to recognize the areas of our lives requiring improvement
* Talent to research the ocean of information available on personal growth and choose the best options to pursue
* Talent to focus on executing first things first
* Talent to “keep going” through difficulties
* Talent to bounce back from setbacks
* Talent to “do the work”

Eric Hoffer talks about this:

“They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration, or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience, something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.” (1)

To be disappointed because our particular concept of personal development is not working fast enough (for us) doesn’t mean we don’t have the talent to make it happen.

Rather, it probably means we are not putting enough work into it.

(1) Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition

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