It sounds like a lot of work – always trying your best or your hardest. Who has time for that?
I’m not saying to always try your best at everything in life. Nobody has time for that. In life, we all need to prioritize. I’m talking about always trying your best when you are working on your top priorities in life.
There are typically 2 types of people – those that are naturally talented, and those who are naturally gritty, meaning those that have to work hard to achieve the same results. I have always viewed myself as gritty. This was the case for me in school all the time. I had friends who were naturally great at math. They didn’t have to study that hard. They seemed to simply “get it” instantly. This wasn’t the case for me. I always had to work hard and try my best. This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy math. I love math. But I had to work at it.
So hopefully this is clear – you should always try your best if you have to, because, well, you have to. 😀
On the other hand, you may be naturally talented at a given task or skill. That’s great. You won’t have to work as hard as others to achieve the same level of excellence. This is a great God-given gift that you should cherish. But, it also means that you could be especially susceptible to complacency. You may think that your natural talent may always allow you to prevail. What you may not realize is that there is almost always someone out there with more natural talent, and when you have met your match, you will need to make up the difference with – you guessed it – hard work.
When it comes to karate class, don’t worry – everyone works hard at David Fuller Karate. Hard work and trying your best is all we ask of the students. We take care of the rest!