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Top 4 Startling Reasons Why Talented Individuals Fail

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Merriam-Webster defines talent as a unique ability that enables some individuals to perform exceptionally well in particular activities. According to common knowledge, it is much easier for a talented individual to succeed because talent provides an added advantage. Besides this, we often believe that everybody who succeeds is talented.

However, today, people with average abilities succeed while talented people fail because of the following reasons.

  1. Some Talented People Don’t Work Hard Enough

Some talented individuals fail because they don’t work hard enough. They believe their success is guaranteed because they are talented. These folks fail to realize that for them to succeed, they have to invest their time and energy in perfecting their skill.

If you are talented, remember that the moment you stop growing your talent, a person with an average skill set is working day and night to make his/her skills extraordinary, and eventually, this individual might beat/outdo you.

  1. Impatience

Some talented people believe that success must come quickly and easily to them just because they have extraordinary abilities. Therefore, if their success takes longer to arrive, these folks easily become frustrated and give up.

  1. Overconfidence

Many talented individuals fail because of overconfidence. Overconfidence makes them believe that they are unbeatable, and makes them assume that success will easily continue. They, therefore, become comfortable, and their comfort leads to failure. Besides this, their ‘unbeatable’ mindset makes them approach challenges with less concentration and intensity hence making it possible for them to fail.

  1. Arrogance

Arrogant, talented individuals fail because they believe they are always right. This belief makes them vulnerable to making several mistakes hence leading to failure. Furthermore, they sometimes fail because their arrogance results in other people not helping them when they are in need.

Concluding Remarks

It is true that talented people have a high chance of succeeding than average folks. However, they might fail if they don’t work hard enough. Moreover, they can fail if they become impatient, overconfident and arrogant.

NOTHING IS MORE COMMON THAN UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE WITH TALENT – CALVIN COOLIDGE

Talent without hard work is nothing – Christiano Ronaldo

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  1. Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA

    June 5, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    One more reason- they are so sure they have all the answers, they sometimes fail to question their assumptions- and are then led astray.

    • Isaac Wechuli

      June 6, 2018 at 5:38 am

      true, they think they know everything, and they hate being advised or challenging their assumptions

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Why Ego is the Main Source of Anger and Envy (Ego Part 2)

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After realizing that the ego impedes personal growth, I decided to study and contemplate about it. It then dawned on me that the ego is our enemy because it’s the primary source of anger and envy.

The ego as I defined in the article, The Era of the Ego and the Destruction of Intuition, is a feeling of self-importance. The ego makes you believe you are more important than other members of the society and, therefore, you must be heard, respected, admired, and followed. It makes you believe that you are always right and everybody else is wrong.

The ego can result in you being angered by petty issues. For instance, it can make you outraged by any action or word that appears to disrespect you. Insults (even from kids), and petty jokes will make you angry if you are egoistic. You’ll even get mad when people ignore you or argue with you because the ego believes you deserve admiration and no one must argue against your beliefs because you are always right.

Anger arises when you misinterpret things. The ego will thus make you prone to anger since it’s the King of misinterpretation. For instance, if an individual accidentally steps on your foot, the ego will believe it was intentional hence making you angry.

Besides causing anger, the ego also causes envy. You become envious when you feel resentful when other people progress, succeed, or attain something you don’t have.

The ego causes envy because it hates to see others appear more important than you. If your neighbor succeeds or buys something you believe makes her more important than you, the ego feels bad because your neighbor’s progress makes it feel inferior or less important. The ego always wants you to be ahead of everybody so that you become the most important person. It’s hurt when others progress faster than you and appear more important hence making you feel envious.

For this reason, the next time you feel angry or envious, realize that it’s the ego causing these feelings. Then separate yourself from the ego and know that it’s an illusion since it isn’t your true self. Your true self is an extension of Infinite Intelligence/Cosmic Consciousness, and it never gets angry because it interprets everything positively. Moreover, it’s never envious because it understands that we are all connected and we must rejoice in others’ success.

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6 Unique Ways to Deal with Anxiety

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I used to suffer from chronic anxiety because I worried about everything. Luckily, I discovered how to eradicate this gnawing feeling.

Anxiety is mainly defined as ‘feelings of tension or worry about a future outcome.’ Many people today are anxious about everything. In the article, ‘The Era of Anxiety and the Destruction of Intuition,’ I described the factors that make modern society anxious.

Anyway, anxiety has many side-effects. It causes sleep problems, digestive disorders, and prevents us from having a clear mind. For this reason, you must strive to get rid of anxious thoughts whenever they attack you.

Here are 6 ways you can deal with anxious thoughts:

1.Meditate on Infinite Intelligence

Think about the power that created the universe. Think about its greatness and willingness to support life. Realize that it exists in all life forms including you, and therefore, you have nothing to worry about if the power that created the universe exists within you.

2.Watch Nature Documentaries

Watching nature documentaries makes you shift from worrying, to thinking about the wonders of the universe. They are my best treatment for anxiety.

Research reveals that they eradicate anxious thoughts because they increase positive emotions. Besides this, they evoke feelings of awe which studies reveal are a good treatment for anxiety

3.Sing a Song of Praise

I started singing songs of praise to Infinite Intelligence/God after realizing that they eradicate anxiety. Anxiety mainly attacks you when you focus too much on yourself. The songs of praise thus eliminate anxiety as they make you focus on Infinite Intelligence.

N/B – I used to be against songs of praise because I believed there is no need to praise God. However, I embraced them after realizing that God has to be praised. If we praise our friends, families, and strangers for their accomplishments, why can’t we praise God for what ‘he’ has done?

“Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale; were I a swan, the part of a swan, but since I am a reasonable creature, it is my duty to praise God.”Epictetus, Stoic Philosopher.

4.Realize that You Can Die At Any Moment

Knowing this fact about death enables you to realize that you might be worrying about a future that might arrive when you are dead. It makes you live in the moment and stop worrying about an unguaranteed future.

5.Realize That Anxiety is Bad for You

Know that anxiety is bad for you as it causes increased blood pressure, breathing problems, digestive disorders, and erectile dysfunction (for men). It also reduces productivity, and destroys your intuitive abilities.

Being conscious of the side effects of anxiety will enable you to quickly recognize and ignore anxious thoughts hence preventing you from succumbing to anxiety.

6..Try Medical Marijuana

I used to be against marijuana, but I adopted a positive attitude towards it after realizing that most ancient cultures involved it in their religious practices. Ancient cultures realized its importance on our mental health.

Today, studies have realized that marijuana temporarily eliminates anxious thoughts as it makes individuals feel calm. It also relieves the symptoms of anxiety by making individuals think everything is okay.

N/B – However, you must only use marijuana when free because it will reduce your productivity.

Apart from the above methods, I believe there are many other ways to deal with anxious thoughts. You are free to mention them in the comment box below:

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