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Winning Ways

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What does it take to be a winner? Is it strictly talent and ability? Is it determination and dedication and all-out effort? Or is it a combination of all of these things that takes someone to the top of their field?
Whether it be in the academic arena, professional life or sports there are always those few who have excelled beyond expectations. One has to wonder what has fueled that rise. When we look at those who have risen to the top in the area of sports and athletics, is there a common thread that seems to run through each of these super athletes? They typically come from a variety of backgrounds, have a varying degree of education and come in all shapes and sizes. The thing that we cannot see by looking at them is the degree to which they will go to achieve their goals. We cannot tell how determined they are to succeed and how much time and effort they are willing to put in. One thing seems fairly clear however, even those who are incredibly gifted in natural ability do not always seem to succeed to their fullest potential if they rely solely upon their athletic talents. It takes the mindset and will to accomplish that.
On the other side of that is the proven fact that many times those who are not as naturally gifted as others have achieved far more success than anyone would have supposed. That success in most cases has been achieved through total commitment to goals and extra ordinary effort and an unquenchable drive to accomplish their dreams. So while it would be terrific to have not only great natural ability but also determination and drive, it’s a rare few who seem to end up with the entire package. Even so, it is nice to know that one can manage quite well with a great desire to meet their goals and the total dedication required to accomplish them.