All-stars are human too

I've heard a lot of people regard the famous and ultra successful as being unique in their ability to do or achieve great things. People like Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Michael Jordan, etc. tend to be seen as 'special' cases of superior talent. But I question how much of what we see is raw talent and how much of it has been refined and reinforced through years of trial and error and effort. I hear things like,

"So and so is the only one that can do what he/she does. We can't do that."

On some level it's an obvious statement, almost foolish. Of course he or she is the only person that can do what he or she does; they're an individual- we all are. And I say this not to detract from their blatant talent, but to highlight that the underlying belief system that colors what would otherwise be a neutral statement is false.

On it's own it's correct, but not when used as a justification for why you can't do or achieve what you want and should. Sure, Michael Jordan is incredibly talented; there is no doubt about that. But I don't know if what others believe about his uniqueness is a statement of his greatness or really is just a reflection of their lack of self confidence.

It bothers me that people even spread ideas like this, let alone think them, because it keeps them small or sustained. It poisons the dreams of others as well by implying that the success and impact people like the Bransons of the world have seen is innate and unattainable, unless it was bestowed by God.

These all stars are talented, yes, but unique in their ability to achieve greatness?  No. Most certainly not.

You may not believe that you're capable of changing an industry, a relationship or an organization. But I can tell you this: every morning we wake up with the choice to win or to lose, with the reality that whichever one we choose will happen. For that reason, everyday, I choose to win.

I hope you do too.