"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." - Pablo Picasso
Hey there genius, I see you sitting there with your bag of Doritos and your enormous Netflix cue. I also see that you're full of incredible ideas but too afraid to try any of them out. You tell yourself that you don't have the resources, the time, or even better, the talent.
But I'm going to stop you right there. I'm going to step into your living room, sit next to you on the couch, steal your bag of Doritos and help you set the record straight.
Talent means little.
Time can be created.
Resources can be found.
The most successful people in the world were not all born into wealthy families with enormous silver spoons and access to endless resources. You'd be surprised at how many people got exactly where they are today, not because the world was handed to them on a silver platter, but because they were determined and they worked hard for it.
Sure. someone can have raw talent, but like Kevin Durant explains, hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.
Don't believe me? Here are a few examples:
Ursula Burns: the Chairman and CEO of Xerox, grew up in poverty in the lower East Side of NYC, yet became the first African-American woman to run a Fortune 500 company.
Sarah Jessica Parker: the actress most famous for Sex and the City, grew up in rural Ohio and began her career singing and dancing in order to help support her family.
Oprah Winfrey: the world-famous and inspirational TV personality, was the daughter of a teenage mom in rural Mississippi and spent her teen years working as a housemaid before winning a Tennessee beauty pageant which would change her life forever.
J.K. Rowling: the internationally acclaimed author of the Harry Potter series, was a single mother with clinical depression living off welfare after a gruesome divorce.
And the list goes on and on and on.
So the next time that you don't think you're good enough or talented enough or capable enough to achieve your dreams, be more honest with yourself, ask instead of you are willing. Because "naked talent" is a myth, real success only comes from hard work and determination, not from anywhere else.