Luck & Talent

Luck & Talent

Right now I am living a dream life. I admit. Yes, it is sometimes tiring, yes I have to get up some very early mornings, and yes, I often don’t sleep enough.

But, I get to teach something (a dance: kizomba) I love all over the world. I get to meet amazing people, sometimes in places I never even expected to visit! Right now I am in Dominican Republic. As contrast, I have been in Siberia twice and I just got a booking for a small island in the Indian Ocean. I love this!

A couple of times per week people say I am lucky. And it might seem so. But, I always respond: No! It is not luck.

It is about taking chances.
It is courage.
It is hard work.

You have to give yourself the possibility to have “luck”. You have to expose yourself to “luck”, or what people in general think is luck. Instead of hesitating, do it. You need to give it a try. Take the jump. Work hard! Only then you have the chance to be there, at the right moment, prepared for what is going to happen. That’s what “luck” really is.

Quite often people also say I am talented. And yes, almost everything in life has been pretty easy for me so far. I “got” things fast – both in school, in sports and other parts of life.

But, the one thing that has made it possible for me to be where I am today, to do what I do, is not luck or talent. It is dedication. When I want to learn something, I do it for real. I go all in. I try to learn as much as I can and as fast as I can.

Dedication is much more important than talent in the long run. If you have both, great! But if you don’t have dedication, you will not become all you can be.

What does this mean for you? Well, whether you consider yourself lucky or unlucky, whether you consider yourself talented or untalented, you can get whatever you want! It takes taking chances, it takes courage and it takes a lot of hard work.

But if you really really want it, you can do it! You can get it! =)

Kristofer Mencák has a M.Sc. in Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics. He is a consultant, author and lecturer on social media, viral marketing and word of mouth. He has also recently been travelling the world teaching the dance kizomba.

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