Some people just have it. From the moment they can throw a ball at age 4, they had a knack for the sport. They got good and got good fast. Others found a talent for music, acting, dance, or academia.
Is there a talent for Safety? I suppose a few of the necessary skills for the safety professional may be written and oral communication, negotiation, an ability to learn new things quickly, curiosity…and more. Some people have talent in these areas.
But talent is overrated. Stephen King wrote, “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
Many of us have stories of the talented ball player in high school who was incredible at the sport their whole life…but failed to grow the necessary work ethic to complement the talent. High school graduation put a lid on the casket of their dreams.
Because hard work wins in the end. Persistence, vision, dedication, and the dogged pursuit of dream win out…every time.
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” – Sam Ewing