June 19, 2019,   2:50 PM

How To Succeed: Talent Is A Vital Quality, But So Are Environment And Attitude

Sreedhar Bevara

Sreedhar is an alumna of IIM Ahmedabad and is currently General Manager at Panasonic. Sreedhar’s latest book "Moment of Signal" was launched in New York City in 2018. FULL BIO


Have you heard of William James Sidis? He was an American child prodigy and a contemporary of Albert Einstein. Sidis’s high IQ was estimated to be 50 to 100 points higher than Einstein’s. Sidis also went on to become one of the youngest graduates from Harvard University, having graduated at the age of 16. However, he soon faded into the shadows thereafter, not being able to live up to the anticipation and expectations that surrounded him.

International cricketer Vinod Kambli was arguably as talented as Sachin Tendulkar, but it was Sachin who made it to genius heights, unlocking his potential with relentless hard work. Similar is the case between Christiano Ronaldo and Mario Balotelli. According to many pundits and one of the successful coaches of Manchester City, Mancini said, “[Balotelli] has so much quality that, when he started, he should’ve been at the level of Ronaldo. If he isn’t there now, then at least some of that is his own fault.” Christiano made it to the ultra-levels with his undying dedication to excelling in the game.

The lesson here is, when you are willing to put the focused approach to work, you will succeed.

Talent, approach and potential are three major fundamentals qualities through which you excel. These three qualities may be individual assets, but in order for them to shine, they must be in seamless contact with the environment, which can have a powerful influence over the outcome of each of our challenges.

The environment in which you grow up and the exposure you gain there, both have a great influence on your current standing. Unless you are consistently exposed to certain experiences, it is unlikely that you will have the mindset and desire to achieve.

We watch, experience and learn from our surroundings, situations and people we think of as our leaders. This may be a result of how our parents manage, what kind of relations we have with the community, our teachers and where we feel we stand in society. All of that matters.

Situations help to shape a person’s ideology and approach towards life. It is immaterial whether or not the aim is positive and constructive or negative and destructive. Surroundings influence our ideology. It doesn’t happen overnight, but gets imparted slowly with each hardship, challenge and experience in life. If behavior is triggered by mindset, mindset is formed through the impact of the environment. How you are brought up matters.  

Your capability is always in contact with the external. How capable you are rests entirely on the merit of how sensible and mindful the collaboration is between you and the forces around you—forces that are directly or indirectly part of your objectives. So, every single term that talks about skill, capability, result, success, leadership and even failure is directly linked and dependent on the quality of exchange between you and the forces around you.

Human potential cannot be unlocked on its own. It needs either a trigger point or a driving cause. Full potential can be achieved only with effort. However, efforts aren’t made by everyone. There are several reasons for that.

One of the main reasons could be a lack of passion. Another could be lack of sufficient motivation. Motivation doesn’t sprout unless there’s a strong reason. For every action, there’s a catalyst and for every choice there’s an expectation for the outcome. So, experiences and necessities can be those driving points that keep your efforts flowing in anticipation of your desired outcome.

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