“There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that’s that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.”

-Conor McGregor-


Does talent exist? Honestly, I wish it didn’t. If everything in this life relied solely on a person’s ability to outwork everyone else in order to come out on top, we would be living in a very different world. UFC fighter Conor McGregor says talent does not actually exist. A person either works harder than everyone else and succeeds, or he doesn’t work hard and fails. There is no denying the necessity of hard work and its correlation to ultimate success, but there is a line that must be drawn and a realization that must be had.


If work ethic, passion, and obsession of a sport were really the ingredients to being the absolute best, then Rudy Ruettiger would have gone to the NFL. Rudy lived the sport of football. Everything that he did was for the sake of making the Notre Dame football team and playing for the blue and gold. He outworked, out-hustled, out-trained, and outdid every one of his teammates, day in and day out. But, he just didn’t have it. That one element a person seemingly lacks that keeps him from growing from good to great. Rudy was told by his coaches that he was the hardest worker they had and they wished his heart was in some of their players: the players who scored the touchdowns, became All-Americans, and eventually went on to play in the NFL. Rudy worked harder than any other person he stepped onto the field with, yet, he always fell short.

Rudy Ruettiger

Rudy, of course, succeeded in life. He goes down in the Notre Dame books as being part of two plays, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and now he is a renowned motivational speaker. While Rudy did succeed in life because of his relentless hard work, he still could have never gone to the NFL. In reality, it was nothing short of a miracle that he made a Division I college football team in the first place. But that is what his hard work brought him. The attainment of the highest level of athletics that he could possibly achieve.


I believe Conor McGregor would have been more accurate if he said “I am not as talented as the best fighters in the UFC, but I am obsessed.” Of course talent exists, and it is extremely prominent in the world in which he lives. However, that does not mean his point is any less valid. It does not matter what level you are at physically, mentally, or emotionally; you have the power to be the hardest worker in the room and to be the most successful you that you can be. If your work ethic and determination are superior to those around you, you will absolutely come out victorious in your own right. After all, talent is nothing without hard work; standing alone, talent takes you only so far.



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