Answer: not far.
Before you stop reading, lets talk about why.
Why #1: Talent is basic.
Some talents we’re born with, other are learned. Regardless, the skill alone is only the foundation needed to be successful. You cannot build a house without a foundation, so while vital, the foundation alone doesn’t make the house.
Why #2: Talent requires little to no effort
Natural talent doesn’t take a lot of effort. If you’re good at it, it comes easily. If someone was born naturally athletic, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to be good at a sport.
As you can see, talent alone doesn’t get us very far. So what can we do to go from good to great? Diligence, practice and perseverance.
Have you ever heard of people doing a running program called “Couch to 5k”? People who have never ran a day in their life or are not naturally skilled runners start building up their endurance little by little until they are able to run a 5k. Many times, that one success catapults them into a passion for running and they start running longer and more competitively. I personally have a friend who was never athletic and then in his late 20’s he started running and now runs full marathons (26.s miles) in under 3 hours.
Even if you have a natural talent, you have to put in the work to be successful. If you ask anyone who is great at what they do, they will tell you that they had to practice their craft over and over to get to the level they are at today. They had to be turned down hundreds of times before they got that one “yes” that changed their life. They had to plan, prioritize and strategize each specific goal to get where they want to be.
Talent is good, but it takes hard work to be successful. If you need help you know where to find me.