No matter how smart you are, work is going to be required.
The choice: will I push myself to the limit every day and grow, or will I let myself off the hook…and stagnate?
The cognitive scaffolding of habitual excellence does not require any particular skillset or aptitude.
Those things are easy. They may take more or less time, but they only require attention and effort and jumping through certain hoops.
Before everything else, we have to practice the art of setting aside all the excuses. We won’t make it anywhere without the ability to start jumping.
Push through the finish line at 150 miles per hour and accelerating.