They say hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
Nobody ever talks about what happens when talent does work hard because the answer is painfully obvious.
Talent means having an edge over your competition and leveraging everything you possibly can in your favor to win.
You don’t become the best by throwing away opportunities because of some bullshit like “social equality”. The best became the best because they were always on the hunt for another edge they could use to out-do their competition.
Take a look at the music industry – are the top performers those that have the best raw natural talent? No.
They are the best marketed,
The best are always looking for the edge and will use anything they can to their advantage to further their cause. Their goals and aspirations are #1 and they are willing to use anything that will better them.
They don't like to talk about everything that goes on behind the scenes because they know nobody wants to hear about the uncomfortable hard work or effort that went into it.
Its better to say
I'm just like you. I just got lucky and receive public praise
than it is to admit
I worked my ass off and I used every advantage I could think of to get to the top.
Nobody wants to hear that because that's not convenient. If you imagine that you might get lucky some day, that relieves you of the burden to put in more work today.
Plus, who the hell wants to encourage possible competition that they have the potential to surpass them down the road.
Examples of having an edge:
You're trying to get admitted into Law School, and your best friend's father is the dean of admissions.
You're running a business and you have exclusive access to a certain supplier that allows you to save 60% in bulk purchases, as opposed to your competitors who are spending 2.5x more than you are for inferior product.
You're on an NCAA football team and your coach is recognized as one of the best college coaches in the country.
You're competing with someone much more qualified than you are for a job at a corporation. However, the boss is a friend you went to college with.
You're really good at a skill that a lot of people want, and you leverage that skill to make money.
You work a high stress corporate job and you use cognitive performance enhancers that actually work, to give yourself the mental edge over all your competitors.
You're in college and you use smart drugs to effectively balance a difficult undergraduate major with a full time party life.
You're work as a bartender or a waitress and you're really attractive and fun to talk to, so you rake in extra tips.
You end up in a fight and you have years of martial arts experience under your belt and you're bigger than your opponent.
No matter what it is that you're doing, you can find the edge everywhere. You just have to take the time to open your eyes and look for it.
It can prevent you from going into competition with someone whom you have no chance of beating, and it can allow you to intelligently leverage yourself to get ahead of your peers.
Dump the ideals of a perfect Marxist world where everyone is 100% equal in all respects at every point in their life.
If you're serious about improving your performance and getting what you want out of life faster, you need to think in terms of "Me".
How can this benefit me?
How can I leverage this?
How can I use this situation to benefit me?
This doesn't mean you turn into a narcissistic, inconsiderate jerk who never does anything for anyone else. Remember, we can speaking in terms of being successful in whatever you choose to succeed in.
You give yourself the best chances of success when you consciously prioritize YOU and are willing to do whatever it takes to get what you want.
A lot of people have been brainwashed by popular culture into believing that personal decisions to better oneself need to be approved by some moral authority.
Instead of being taught to think for yourselves, you've been conditioned into thinking and acting for someone else's benefit.
Your significant other.
People may try to tell you that it's not fair that you're doing too much for yourself. That you should donate more of your resources towards them or someone else.
Isn't it selfish of them to demand you to donate your time and energy to them when you don't want to?
You don't have to be a superstar to find your edge. This is something that EVERYONE can do. It doesn't matter what your age is, where you live, or how much money you make because as a human, everyone has strong emotional desires within them.
Whether you're a 70 year old woman in Kansas or a 26 year old man living in Hawaii, I guarantee there are things that you want very badly. Often times, that involves competing with other people who also want the same thing very badly.
Searching for the edge is a mindset, and once you flip the switch, you start seeing opportunity in everyone you come into contact with and everywhere you go. Instead of blindly letting life pass by you, you are always thinking of how to get the advantage.
Half of my connections in the party scene came from guys I would meet at the gym. We'd start talking, workout together, and eventually become friends (or close acquaintances at the very least). Later down the road, we would hook each other up with access to exclusive venues and meet people in each other's social circle. That didn't happen by accident. I was 100% aware that I could use this as a way to meet more people and I deliberately leveraged this edge to my benefit. As a result, I met a lot of new people and became established in a very short period of time.
Finding your edge is what allows you to surpass your competition. Grab it as soon as you spot it and don't ever let go.
If you think you need permission, then I give you my permission.
Now go out there, find your edge, don't play nice, and do whatever it takes to win.