Some people think that talent is the only thing we need to succeed in life. I thought so too when I was young. I was very talented in gymnastics and I thought that talent was the only thing I needed. It was very hard for me to realize that talent was just a baseline and guaranteed nothing.
I’m all for helping our children find their talent, but finding it, and even pursuing it, is not enough for success. They need something more.
Not long ago, I had the honor of working with two amazing young athletes on the Australian Olympic team. They were both equally talented and had all the physical skills, but one of them had what it takes to succeed, and the other didn’t.
Working with them reminded me of my Olympic team adventure as a child and why talent is not enough for success.