Great musicians aren’t great musicians just because they’re great musicians.

Great athletes aren’t great athletes just because they’re great athletes.

The same principle applies to teachers, physicians and any other human endeavour.

Yes, the greats have talent.

Yes, they have a natural proclivity for their craft.

But they also understand that talent and dreams in isolation aren’t enough.

They do the work.

They practice their skills to develop them to an elite level.

They continually grow.

They are persistent.

They are resilient.

They show up every day, without exception.

They don’t curl up in a ball when life gets tough.

They don’t feel sorry for themselves when things don’t go right, but they feel pride in their work, knowing that what they control is much more important than what they don’t.