Hardwork beats talent

I was very complacent about most academic things when I was younger. This is partly due to the fact that I have a fairly good analytical bent of mind, and that my parents nourished it the right way with books and CDs.

Due to this, I was usually well aware of the content of most subjects even before they were taught. I seldom put effort, and I did fairly well. I felt I was really cool.

I kept at this till I was in the 11th and started preparing for the IIT JEE. There were a couple of folks I knew, who took national level competitive examinations. There was one particular friend of mine, who used to score 100 marks lesser than me in a 500 mark examination. I felt even cooler.

Until one fine day, he scored higher, and higher, and higher. I could not believe it – he ended up qualifying for a selective All India classroom program; I didn’t. My coolness evaporated and I was brought back to the ground in emphatic style.

I was perplexed at the time as to how this was happening, but I knew in my mind why it was. He worked hard – I didn’t; that made all the difference. I humbly got my act together and started studying. He deservedly got a higher rank than me in the JEE, but if it was not for my realization – I wouldn’t have even qualified.

What’s my biggest life lesson? There’s no substitute for hard work. Nothing can beat it – nothing. You may be smart, talented, blessed – if you’ve got to make it, you’ve got to put in the hours. Anyone who claims otherwise is not your well-wisher.

I have a quote in my room that constantly reminds of this learning, which is now deeply ingrained in my mind:

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

Hello! I’m Ashi, the Content Creator of the My Halla Blog and I appreciate you stopping by. I hope the Halla Blog is an inspiring and informative resource for you. Born and brought up in Dhar, I completed my education in Rajasthan. I am passionate speaker by day and a writer by night. Full of enthusiasm is what best describes me. I’m a self-motivated person and I get inspired from my own life experiences and other people’s life stories to write. When I’m not working, you would find me teaching small kids on weekends. I believe in giving back to society and making a positive difference in the life of others. A cup of coffee and some scribbling is what keeps me going! Want to know more?Connect with me on https://www.instagram.com/ashijain/

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