Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. (Kevin Durant, pro athlete, quoting Tim Notke, basketball coach)
Pro athletes have great talent, of course, but as Durant said, “Working hard is better than having talent and not putting effort or work in what you do.” To be successful in almost any of life’s endeavor requires a certain amount of talent, perhaps gained by exercising a latent skill. But without hard and persistent work, talent alone will not achieve the intended goals.
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper (Proverbs 13:4).