Me vs. Conor McGregor
I was scrolling through Twitter the other day, and I came across this Conor McGregor quote:
“Talent does not exist; we are all equal as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that is that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.”
For those of you who don’t know, Conor McGregor is a champion UFC fighter. Just a few years ago he was collecting welfare checks in Dublin, now he’s known worldwide as one of the best fighters on the planet. I recommend checking out his documentary on YouTube called Rise to Fame. There’s no doubt his quote above is motivational, but it goes against my own basic philosophy.
My philosophy, is that we are each born with a gift, and this gift separates us from every other person in the world. I believe if we can each discover our gift and focus solely on pursuing that, we would all be more successful and happier.
The notion that we are all born equal as human beings is a tough one for me to agree with. I find it hard to believe that Conor McGregor was not born more athletic than the average human being. I have no doubt that he is obsessed and his work ethic is unparalleled, but he had to of been born with some natural talent for fighting. My brother is a gifted baseball player, playing at the Division 1 level. Watching my brother play tee ball at 3 years old, it was obvious that he was head and shoulders above any other kid on that field. At 3 years old, he wasn’t outworking anyone. At that age, work ethic is not a separator; the only separator is natural born talent, and that much was very obvious to anyone watching the game.
I will agree though, putting in the work is the ultimate separator in the end. I’m sure there’s been some people who had even more natural born talent than Conor McGregor, but his extraordinary work ethic allowed him to overcome that talent gap. I’ve seen many exceptional people waste their natural born gifts, and ultimately not become who they were meant to be. My point is, if you do choose to follow your gift, there will be others chasing that same gift. At that point, you are all equals. But what allows someone to be the best of the best is an obsession for the process. An obsessive work ethic is the true indicator of greatness. If you have talent, but lack the grind, you will lose.
So, Conor McGregor, I have to disagree. We are not born equal. We are born gifted. I urge those of you reading this blog then, to strive to find your gift. Pablo Picasso once said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” If you’re lucky enough to find your gift, then you are equals with those who have found that same gift. There is only one way from that point on to separate yourself from the pack: work.