"Desire beats talent any time." Mary Wells - Famous Talented Advertising Executive.
And this is my take:
Talent is potential. Desire is an actualizer of that potential.
Skill is potential. Passion is an actualizer of that potential.
Knowledge is potential. Vision is an actualizer of that potential.
Relationship is potential. Leadership is an actualizer of that potential.
Talent, skill, knowledge, and relationship are inert things without desire, passion, vision, and leadership.
Desire, passion, vision, and leadership are empty things without talent, skill, knowledge, and relationship.
There is a yin and yang with what we can call potentiators and actuators. Cultivate both sides. Start where you are, and then grow what you need.
Oh, and by the way, after great initial success working for someone else, Mary Wells, whom I quoted above, created her own firm of Wells, Rich, Greene, and with great talent and desire they went on to have such iconic ad hits as
- Plop plop, fizz fizz - Alka-Seltzer
- I can't believe I ate the whole thing (winner of the 1971 Clio Award) - Alka-Seltzer
- Try it, you'll like it - Alka-Seltzer
- I ♥ New York
- Trust the Midas touch
- At Ford, Quality is Job 1
- Flick your Bic
- Raise your hand if you're Sure - Sure deodorant
- Friends don't let friends drive drunk - Public Service Announcement
Friends don't let friends allow their talent, skill, knowledge, or relationship potential to lie fallow.
Potential begs to be actualized. Actualize some today.