Pure talent or abilities win. Sometimes.
But, most of the time, the abilities or talent need to be harnessed, developed, focused, and deployed in the right venue and manner to succeed. Our world loves the instant sensation, but most of the people who succeed, succeed because they have talent/ability and discipline to succeed. It usually involves hard work. And a coach or mentor.
Let's look at few modern examples. In sports, there few Lebron James. Most champions have the talent, but need help to achieve their goals. In college basketball, the new model of super talented "one and done" players cannot guarantee a championship. Having the best talent on the court does not guarantee a victory. A team comprised of "one and done" super talents have to have strong coaching to succeed. And even then, sometimes a less talented, but more experienced and tested team can beat them.
An entire genre of talent search has been created on TV involving this model. The Voice, America's Got Talent, and other shows feature very talented people trying to break through. But they need coaching and advice to reach their potential.
The business world is no different. Abilities and pure intellect can carry a professional a long way. Sometimes they can achieve their goals. But most need some help and advice. A coach or mentor. They need someone who will be honest with them regarding areas where they need improvement, or reset expectations. They need someone who can help from experience regarding difficult situations. It is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength to look for input to improve.
I grew up thinking God given talent and abilities won out. I did not understand that you could take abilities and hone them to be better or more competitive until I joined the professional workforce. A mentor took me under his wing, seeing potential, and made a number of suggestions. That advice gave me the confidence to work harder and expand my horizons. Thank you Jack Wilson.
Who is helping you and challenging you to be the best you can be?