Although reported to be somewhat arrogant regarding his talents, his own words provide a deep insight.
"If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it would not be so wonderful."
|Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michaelangelo|
|Hesiod (c. 700 BC)|
The early Greek poet and author, Hesiod, a contemporary of Homer, believed as well in diligence.
"Mediocrity is easy, it can be had in quantity. The road is smooth, safe, and it lies close by. But, in front of excellence the immortal gods have put sweat and hard work and long and steep is the road to it, and rough at first. But, when you make it to the top then it is easy, even though it is hard."
Several months ago, I went to a meeting where I was privileged to hear a man named Elder Kevin W. Pearson speak to a group of missionaries. He is a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a special witness of Jesus Christ. He said something that struck me and which I want to apply.
"Hard work reveals capacity....The harder I work, the more my innate capacity is revealed to me."
Another special witness of the Savior, David O. McKay, who passed away in 1970, had a similar energy by which he did great things and inspired others to rise higher.