Here at B2W we are always looking for ways to turn the good writing into great writing, so today we’ve compiled a list of 20 talented ‘experts’ that prove talent can only take us so far, but hard work and perseverance will ALWAYS pave the way to our success!

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1) Paulo Coelho

“Talent is a universal gift, but it takes a lot of courage to use it. Don’t be afraid to be the best.”

 2) Robert McKee

“Feed your talent. Research not only wins the war on cliché, it’s the key to victory over fear and depression.”

3) Hans Zimmer

“Nobody beats me up as much as I beat myself up. This is what I love doing and I have one life to do it in, I better do it right.”

4) Maya Angelou

“Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.”

 5) C.S.Lewis

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

6) Albert Einstein

“Genius is 1% talent and 99% hard work.”

7) Jennifer Lee

“Don’t lose faith in what you are trying to do, even though you will get pummeled emotionally left and right. There are a lot of NOs to any YES. And that’s OK.”

8) Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality.”

9) Henry Van Dyke

“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”

10) Stella Adler

“Your talent is in your choice.”

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11) Joseph Campbell

“Follow your talent and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”

12) Steven Spielberg

“Filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself.”

13) Pete Docter

“Work hard! In the end, passion and hard work beats out natural talent.”

14) Oprah Winfrey

“Talent means following your passion, it will lead you to your purpose.”

15) Johnny Carson

“Talent alone won’t make you a success, neither will being at the right place or right time, unless you’re ready. Are you ready?”

 16) George Lucas

“Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.”

17) Erica Jong

“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.”

18) Dean Koontz

“I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.”

19) J.K.Rowling

“Talent and intelligence, never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates … ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure.”

20) Steve Jobs

“I’m convinced that what separates the successful from the non-successful is pure perseverance.”


IMG_8071BIO: This list was compiled by Olivia Brennan aka @LivSFB – come find me online at MY BLOG, on Twitter, on the B2W Facebook page and the new B2W Facebook group. See you there!



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4 Responses to 20 Experts Share Their Thoughts On Talent Vs. Hard Work

  1. Peter Hitchen says:

    Number 9 is ace.

  2. Ron Shears says:

    1. Imagination.
    2. Compulsion.

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