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The Talent Gap

It’s natural to think that people who get better results than us are simply more talented. The problem is that it’s not true.

What seems like a difference in talent often comes down to a difference in focus. Results come when you focus on one thing for an uncommonly long period of time. Focus is what turns good performers into great performers.

That’s not to say talent doesn’t matter. It does. Results follow obsession. When you commit all of your energy in one direction for an uncommonly long period of time, you develop talent. The more you apply that talent, the better your results.


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  • Trying to please everyone When you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one.
  • Copying other people’s desires. Copying other’s desires is a futile venture. You’re not letting your talents shine, but riding on the coattails of others instead.
  • If you're going to explore your talent “because I want to make money” is not good enough.
  • Temporary persistence To be successful in anything, you must have persistence.
  • Splitting attention between too many projects.
  • Suffering from main character syndrome. 
  • Listening to everyone but yourself.


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