Momentum beats talent. Every time. Great momentum beats great talent. Every time.
Finding that out too late can be deadly to your career and your personal development.
You can have all of the skill and capability in the world, but if you aren’t developing momentum to leverage that skill into something greater than yourself, then you’re walking into the buzz saw of somebody else’s powerfully effective desire.
That doesn’t mean you should abandon skill or that you should shrug off talent. Those things matter too.
Momentum matters more.
“THE LANDSCAPE OF HISTORY IS LITTERED WITH THE CORPSES OF TALENTED INDIVIDUALS WHO FORGOT THAT THEIR SKILL AND CAPABILITIES ARE NO MATCH FOR THE UNDERDOG WHO JUST WANTED IT MORE.”
Perhaps the greatest example of this “skill versus momentum” discussion is Mike Tyson.
His first loss in Tokyo to a vastly inferior opponent created a downward spiral that found him losing his heavyweight champion of the world status, being sent to prison for rape, and his eventual financial ruin and bankruptcy.
That downward spiral began with a single boxing match. A throw-away event. A competition that shouldn’t have even been a competition.
But Mike Tyson, with all of this talent and skill and rage, forgot that when you lose momentum, it’s hard to keep winning.
In the past, his opponents went down and stayed down. Tyson stayed up. But this time, he put all he had into the fight and his opponent kept getting back up. Tyson went down.
And not just in the ring. In life.
We often talk about this story as the heroics of an underdog named Buster Douglas — and certainly, there is a lot of truth to that. But let’s not forget that Mike Tyson’s inability to build and maintain momentum was the reason for his loss.
A talented person with momentum always beats an underdog with momentum. You have to want it every day. It doesn’t matter how many wins you have under your belt or how bright your future might look.
If you don’t want it and fight for it — if you’re not willing to bleed and cry, fight, grind, search, agonize, and bend life to your will with the sheer force of your desire, you are destined to lose.
And it’s going to be ugly. When you least expect it.
If you are not already familiar with the story of the Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas take a look at the video below. And ask yourself, what are you doing to build momentum in your pursuit of being awesome?