Determination vs Natural Talent

A few weeks ago I was teaching some kids how to hoop and I over heard a father telling his daughter she wasn't doing it right. There was something in the tone of his voice that was really critical.  I don't want to make this guy out to be a horrible person, I am sure he is a great father but he was completely missing the fact that she was trying, really hard too. 

I went over to the father and daughter and I told them to swap hoops. So now the little girl had a big hoop and dad had a little hoop…. If you’ve tried using a kids hoop you already know what I was doing. Maybe it was a bit mean of me but big hoops are a lot easier and I knew that the father wouldn't be able to use the kids hoop. So all of a sudden this little girl was a great hooper, showing her Dad tricks and everything.

The reason this little interaction bothered me so much, was that as a child I was never great at anything really. I wasn’t exceptionally academic, exceptionally sporty or exceptionally creative. I was pretty shy and average at most things. While others had natural abilities what I had and what I will always have, is exceptionally determination. 

When I was in high school I got Bs and Cs. One time though… I got a D and I was mortified, completely devastated and embarrassed. But I worked my butt off and the following term I got an A- (applause here please). Do you want to know what subject this was in?? It was in accounting and I went on to have a great career in accounting for over 10 years now.

I wasn't great at hula hooping either, I dropped the hoop a million times in my first class but I I wasn't going to let a piece of plastic get the better of me and now I have a freaking world record! Honestly I have a world record in something that I was rubbish at. Determination is everything, if you want something you have to go after it and you can’t give up if it doesn't work out the first or the second time or even the tenth time. 

Go take action! Whether its a career change, starting a business or just trying something new. Just try over and over and over.