Look, you might have heard it before, and maybe you haven’t, but there is a saying that goes,
"the enemy of the great is the good." Or as I like the say, the enemy of greatness is natural talent undisciplined.
while scrolling through Facebook the other day I came across a video of a very talented young singer. This kid couldn’t have been older than 12 years old and, hey, I’m not gonna lie, I was blown away by, and a bit jealous of, the fluidity and effortlessness of this kid's natural vocal ability. Why do I say it’s natural and not well disciplined? Because the kid couldn’t have been older than 12! Come on now, keep up. Anyways, as a curious man, I wanted to see what others were saying about this youngster. So I started scrolling through the comments of other admires below and I came across one where the commenter ranted and raved about how "natural talent always gets overlook for mediocre talent.” At first I’m like, "preach it,” and continued to read and find that others also rallied to this commenters point of view. But within a few minutes I found that my initial response was impulsive and didn’t even sit right with me. As I swallowed and digesting the comments I realized something about those who are naturally talented and myself: it’s a safe zone. Natural talent that is not disciplined, that is not well practiced and perfected will only ever be “good.” I mean, but that doesn’t sound too bad though. It actually sounds pretty -- good. “Good" gets you by. “Good" gets you initially noticed and appreciated without having to push yourself too hard. “Good” more often than not, gets you in the door and on the team. People will even support and rally behind “good". Heck, I, personally, liked/like being good. It’s comfortable and safe. No matter what I do, I know that at the end of it all it will at least be -- “good.” And thats good enough for me. Right?
It’s been said if you are the best in your class, well, you’re in the wrong class. Why? Because in order to be great, you have to be stretched well beyond the parameters of your comfort zone. You have to be willing to go longer and harder than you did the day before. You have to push yourself beyond the limits of your natural ability so that your true potential and giftedness may shine through. No one, at the core of who they are, simply wants to be "good enough." We all yearn with deep desire to be the best version of ourselves we can be. We want to be great, we want to be the best, and we want to be #1. But we drown ourselves in self-doubt, fear of failure, and the negative opinions of others. And once we allow such things to dictate how we will live, we chain ourselves to the sinking stone of the “good” when we were born with wings to soar and reach greatness.
So let me remind you today: You are better than you think. You are stronger than you think you are; you are more capable and qualified than you think you are; and you are more gifted and posses more potential than you think, to not only be great, but to be the best there ever was.
Dare to dream. Dare to believe. Dare to live.