Monday, September 10, 2012


“Talent is never enough to enable us to reach our potential. To be a successful leader -- to be a successful person -- you need more than just talent.” –John Maxwell

“Everyone thinks talent is fixed—that this guy’s got it and that guy doesn’t—but it’s just not true. Talent is elastic, and particularly so in team sports. A team of athletes that are well coached well-disciplined and play hard together can beat a team with more talent, if that team lacks character, or proper attitudes or cohesiveness.” –Bo Schembechler
"Talent alone is not enough. I had some of the most talented players, but they didn't work hard. I like people who are enthusiastic if it rains; they can find something positive in a storm." –George Allen

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separated the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." -Stephen King

"Talent alone is not enough. They used to tell me you have use your five best players, but I've found that you win with the five who fit together best." -Red Auerbach

"The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck." -Hector Berlioz

"Genius does what it must, talent does what it can." -Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Conciseness is the sister of talent." -Anton Checkhov

“Go to a race and stand at the finish line. Then… see who crosses the line first. There is the most talented athlete.” –Glenn Gaesser

"There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail." -Aldous Huxley

"Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads." -Erica Jong
“I don’t think talent is as important as the work habits and dedication necessary to be competent. Certainly talent needs to be above average but I don’t think it needs to be the top thing on the list.” –Jack Nicklaus

"Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off." -Carl Jung

"The crowning blessing of life -- to be born with a bias to some pursuit." -S.C. Tallentyre

“It’s not about talent, it’s about how the team plays. That’s the litmus. Let’s see how we play. Let’s see how we coach. What the team looks like on paper doesn’t mean a thing.”  -Bill Belichick