We are living in the age of distraction. At any moment, we can experience a notification on our smartphone tellings us we need to check a social media update to an important email just begging to be answered. While technology provides us examples of the various distractions that can invade our life, we are also distracted by talent. In business, human resource offices are getting makeovers and renamed, including the word talent offices and in sports, we are constantly looking for the next great talented individual that will be an instant impact. Fans, coaches, and even competitors get distracted by talent.
The North Carolina versus Kentucky NCAA Tournament game that was held yesterday included high level talent, and it is easy to be distracted by the talent in the game. Just watch the last minute when Kentucky made some unbelievable 3-pointers and will be amazed at the talent that was on display. Former walk-on, Luke Maye, made the game-winning shot for North Carolina with 0.3 seconds left in the game, and let’s be clear, Luke May has talent. North Carolina does not offer a walk-on roster to spot to anyone off the street, but Luke Maye’s name is not going to be one of the first names you mention about the current North Carolina basketball team. Maye’s post-game quote was a perfect example of why we need to be less distracted by talent and more focused on what we do a daily basis. When Luke Maye was asked about making this last-second, game-winning shot, he answered, “I took that shot, just like I do everyday in practice.”
Herein lies our focus that great Competitors do in the spotlight what they do everyday outside of the spotlight. We may be distracted by talent, but great performances do not just happen, they are prepared for and worked on every single day. As we work on a daily basis, we are building the focus, the passion, and the talent that is on display. Let us understand that talent is built, it is worked on, so do not be distracted by talent as something that is bestowed upon a chosen few. Go out this week and build your talent and change the world because if you build your talent, soon we may be distracted by you.