Making grantmaking even more of a lottery?

Martin Wainwright argues in The Guardian today that allocating university places, council housing, and even charitable grants by lottery is “as rational a method as any.” Some fundraisers might think grantseeking can be a lottery itself, so is this suggestion worth taking seriously?Read Analysis: the lottery of life in The Guardian. Howard Lake | 20 September 2000 | News  15 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Making grantmaking even more of a lottery? Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Bilton is flying free with Raven

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Pellegrini upbeat despite tough run

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident he can withstand the growing pressure as his side’s title bid wavers. Pellegrini said: “They are a very good team, not only at this moment – they are always a very difficult team, especially playing at the Britannia. “But we are going to go as we always do when we play away, to try and win the three points from the first minute.” City will be without Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony, who are yet to return following their success with Ivory Coast at the African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea. The absence of Toure has again been keenly felt. City have not won in the league without their talismanic midfielder this season, with Saturday’s last-gasp draw against Hull the sixth such occasion. Pellegrini said: “He is a very important player, and it is very important to have Yaya back and play with the team. But we don’t just depend on one player. We must win without him.” Bony’s arrival will be equally welcomed. City have struggled for goals in recent weeks, particularly from their strikers. Top scorer Sergio Aguero has not found the net in five appearances since returning from a knee injury, Stevan Jovetic last scored on New Year’s Day and Edin Dzeko has been barren since September. Bony, signed last month from Swansea for £25million, has the ability to rejuvenate the attack at a crucial juncture, although Pellegrini will not criticise his current options. The Chilean said: “One thing is not linked with the other. We have Edin Dzeko, we have Jovetic, we have Kun Aguero, we have Silva. We have a lot of players that always score. “Bony will be a very important player for the squad also, but we are not just depending on what Bony can do.” It was anticipated former England midfielder Frank Lampard might have played a more prominent role in Toure’s absence, particularly given the controversy last month over his status with sister club New York City. Lampard, 36, who is now staying with City until the end of the season, has made just four substitute appearances since Toure departed and did not even get off the bench against Hull. Pellegrini said: “Frank is a very important player for us, either starting in the 11 or after as a substitute, so he will continue playing the way I think is useful for the team. “I don’t think he can’t play 90 minutes. When the other teams have played 50 or 60 minutes, I think Frank makes more of a difference. “His best moments of the season came as a substitute and he scores. I hope he continues in the same way.” Pressure is growing on Pellegrini – and one report has even claimed City are monitoring Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone as a potential successor – but the Chilean insists he cannot feel it. The 61-year-old, speaking at a press conference to preview Wednesday’s trip to Stoke, said: “I never feel pressure, I have repeated the same answer for the same question for the last two years. “The only pressure is my own pressure that I make myself when I don’t feel the team is playing well. “I think we are in a normal position, we are involved in the Champions League. If we win tomorrow we will have just two points less than (the same stage) last season. “We have a lot of things to think about, more important than pressure. I don’t feel any pressure inside the club or outside.” Despite that, there is a feeling the heat is on as City prepare for a vital midweek trip to the Britannia Stadium. Stoke’s form contrasts with that of City, with the Potters having won six and lost just one of their last nine games. They also won at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season and are unbeaten in their last six home league games against City. Press Association The champions have slipped seven points behind Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League after a dismal run of results. City have not won in five games in all competitions, a sequence which included an FA Cup defeat at the hands of Championship side Middlesbrough. last_img read more

Dodgers split-squad teams pound Padres, play to a tie vs. Yasiel Puig and Reds

first_imgRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season THE GAME: The Dodgers scored eight times in the first three innings and went on to beat the San Diego Padres 12-0 Thursday night in Peoria. Earlier in the day, another Dodgers’ split-squad team played to a 3-3 tie with the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch.PITCHING REPORT: Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up three hits and two runs in the first inning but allowed just two more hits while going four innings against the Reds. … Lefty reliever Scott Alexander gave up a solo home run to Phillip Ervin in his one inning of work. … Relievers Dylan Floro, Jaime Schultz and Pedro Baez each pitched a scoreless inning. … Against the Padres, Kenta Maeda called it his “best outing of spring training” after he pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out six. … Top prospect Dustin May followed with three scoreless innings, allowing an infield single while striking out three.HITTING REPORT: Yasiel Puig was 1 for 3 with a single off Ryu in his first game against the Dodgers. … Infielder Jeter Downs (one of the two prospects acquired from the Reds in the trade that included Puig and Matt Kemp) was 1 for 2 with a double against his former team. … Kiké Hernandez was 1 for 3 and is batting .371 (13 for 35) this spring. … Catcher Will Smith tied the score with an RBI single in the sixth inning and went 2 for 4. … The Dodgers had 11 hits including five doubles and three home runs in the first four innings against the Padres. Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger and Brad Miller hit the homers. … A.J. Pollock (a single, double and walk) was on base in each of his first three plate appearances and scored runs each time. … Barnes was on base four times – two walks, an RBI double and a solo home run. … David Freese had two doubles and Joc Pederson three RBIs on his double. … Maeda had a double in his first at-bat of the spring.UP NEXT: Dodgers (LHP Julio Urias) at Reds (Reds RHP Tanner Roark), Friday, 6 p.m., Goodyear Stadium, SportsNet LA Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Talented duo seek to keep Thunderbird title at home

first_img Two of England’s brightest prospects, Jack Hermeston (City of Newcastle, Northumberland) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire) will attempt to keep the title ‘at home’ when they compete in the 54-hole Thunderbird International at Scottsdale, Arizona, on 25th – 27th May. A year ago, Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) made history when he became the first English player to win this prestigious US junior event, carding a closing 69 for 206, ten under par, and a five stroke winning margin. Hermeston, 17, (image © Tom Ward)  finished runner-up in the English under 14 Championship for the Reid Trophy at Hesketh in 2010 then won the under 16 title at South Moor a year later after having finished second in the Scottish under 16 event. He also finished second in the Italian under 16 Championship last year and was third in the North of England under 16 Championship. He has also represented England at under 16 level as well as England Schools. Turner, 17, is currently lying third on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit after enjoying a successful start to the season in which he has won the Bernard Darwin Salver in a playoff, finished second in the McEvoy Trophy and reached the semi-finals of the French International Boys Championship. Last year, he finished seventh in the Order of Merit after winning the Boys County Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa and finishing fifth in the North of England under 16 Championship and the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship. Another second place came in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney earlier this year while he has also been capped at under 16 and boys levels. Both Hermeston and Turner are members of the England under 18 squad and will seek to keep the trophy in England Golf’s hands over the Raptor Course at the Greyhawk club. 13 May 2013 Talented duo seek to keep Thunderbird title at home last_img read more

City League Football Wrap-Up…A look at what ended up being what

first_imgGREG MCGHEE (William McBride/File Photo) Those are big shoes to fill. Marshall left Brashear to star at West Virginia. After a stellar career as an All-Big East performer he became a 5th round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.McGhee, however, was among the top passers in all western Pennsylvania, and in many accounts has been the “best kept secret in western PA.” He finished with nearly 2,500 yards passing to go along with 24 touchdowns, compared to only five interceptions. Interestingly enough, he has not made an official decision on where he’ll be attending college.“So far I’ve been having some communication with schools in the Mid-American Conference (MAC), schools like Ohio U, Toledo, and others,” McGhee said. “Most recently, Wisconsin has contacted me and I’m now in the process of getting some tapes together to send them.”It was announced last Sunday that Wisconsin will face TCU in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on New Years’ Day.“I would be thrilled to be a Badger,” McGhee replied, when asked.Here is a look into the current situations for each team and how they fared this season.1. Perry (11-2, 11-0) 17 SeniorsNotable losses—QB Greg McGhee , WR Devin Ghafoor, WR Eric Frye, TE Joe Arthur, G Steven Wicks, RB Micheal Banks, and WR Gerald Sherill.The Commodores may shift to being a running team next season, due to the fact that they’ll have a new nucleus of three junior running backs, including top-rusher Chinelo Oparanozie, who mainly carried the load for Perry during their championship season.Quotable: “The Perry football program is all about tradition,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “These guys wait in the wings and go hard during practice, always waiting for their opportunities. That’s what helps us most with the younger guys on our roster.”2. Brashear (5-3, 6-5) 13 seniorsNotable losses—K Cody Magliocca, LB Dillon Semion, DT/OL Michael Ford, and DL/OL Darryl Bryant.The Bulls will return several players at skill positions next season; names like QB/WR Jawanza Bryant, RB Tre Gaines, WR/KR Manny Reed, RB Joel Nesbit, WR Ricky Gay, and WR/DB Jamil Smith. They will also ride on the fact that they’ve been one of the league’s most dominant teams for the past decade.Quotable: “We can’t become complacent,” Brashear head coach Rick Murphy said. “Every year, it’s competitive. I think we have a good group of kids for next year and I believe we’ve got what it takes to put together a championship-caliber team.3. Allderdice (6-2, 6-5) 12 seniorsNotable losses—QB Mike Pfleger, LB Jared Davis, OL Trevor Gibson.The Dragons made the biggest turnarounds this season. Just a season ago, they were 1-8 and in the basement, as far as the final standings. Allderdice will bring back one of the youngest, yet most experienced lineups next season—led by sophomore running back Patrick Ferguson.Quotable: “We have a lot of things to build on after this season,” Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said. “We got a lot accomplished over the past year. We grew closer and became a team. I expect a lot of good things to happen next year.”4. Schenley (5-3, 5-5) 14 seniorsNotable losses—WR/DB DeAndre Black, QB Calvin Beck, OL/DL Shaquille Thomas.Schenley, in its final year as a program will join up with the ‘USO’ (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) as the newest addition in the City League for the 2011 season. The Spartans fell short of a repeat this season as they fell to Perry in the semi-finals. They will enjoy a wave of youth that will come in for next season, despite having one of the more dramatic drop-offs of talent, namely at skill positions, over the past two seasons. Not to mention, this program experienced a mid-season psychological shake in finding out that the MVP of last year’s championship game was killed in an overnight shooting at California University of PA back in October.Quotable: “We’re green,” Schenley coach Jason Bell remarked several times over the 2010 season. “We have a lot to learn and we will continue to learn over time. I am confident in my players’ abilities and what they are able to endure. What marks a man is the way that he handles adversity.”5. Oliver (4-4, 4-7) 12 seniorsNotable losses—WR Trevon Kendrick, TE Devante Tiller, RB Tyree Mathis, RB Tevin Washington.Oliver earned a spot in the Class AA PIAA playoffs by posting a .500 league record and suffered a 44-14 loss to Brockway in the first round at Clarion University. But the Bears can lean on the fact that they still very well could be one of the better AA teams going into next season, bringing back some talented youth. One of those includes the 5-10, 160 pound sophomore quarterback Shakeem Cox.Quotable: “I don’t know what’s going to happen next year, because our enrollment’s down and I’m on a committee (about it),” Oliver coach Tim Keefer said about his team’s future due to the league’s proposed re-alignment. “This is Oliver in the state playoffs, but now they want some kids to go play at Perry and co-op … so there might be some kids that don’t have a lot of opportunities.”6. Langley (3-5, 4-6) 8 seniorsNotable losses—WR Stefon Faye, RB Joey Bell, WR/DB Darryl Adams.The Mustangs found themselves in last season scraps to make the City League’s post-season and edge out Oliver to represent the City League in the Class AA State playoffs.They managed to do neither. But their bright side is that they have a low graduation total going into next season and they did not fall short of either of those feats by much.Quotable: “We’ve got some young people in the skill positions,” said Langley coach Kenny Wright. “It’s a little disappointing how we ended our season. We were better than how we finished. At one juncture, we were tied for second place, and with some misfortune we ended up in sixth place and out of contention. It just showed our kids how you just can’t ever be satisfied.”7. Peabody (3-5, 3-6) 4 seniorsNotable losses—CB Josh Butler, DL Antione Walls, WR Airon Walker, OL/DL Losotto Davis.Perhaps one the youngest teams in the City, the Highlanders won their final three games of not only the 2010 season, but in program history as well. They will find themselves in the midst of the USO consolidation as Pittsburgh Obama will make its move from the ‘Schenley-stein’ building into Peabody next year.Quotable: “I was very proud of the way that our kids fought out there, winning the final games of our history,” said Peabody coach Leonard Carter. “They didn’t give up despite the uncertainty of our future and all of the disappointment that is associated with that.”8. Carrick (2-6, 2-8) 9 seniorsNotable losses—QB/RB/WR Rasheed McKamey, WR/DB DeMario Patterson, OL/DL Jonah Pyus, WR Jajuan Thomas, WR/DB Lafon Pace, OL/DL Josh Kalsek, WR/DB Jordan Wilson, DL/FB Kenyatta Mohammed, FB/LB Josiah Fleming.The fact that head coach Jeff McCafferty stressed that all of his seniors this year are tremendous losses, is the most telling characteristic that Carrick is in need of a huge rebuilding process. A team that usually hangs around in post-season talks were completely non-existent this year, in that sense.Quotable: “We have some good talent coming back as well as some big holes to fill,” McCafferty said. “You play the game from September to November but you win the games from January to (August).”9. Westinghouse (1-9, 0-8) 12 seniorsNotable losses—WR Jevaughn Patterson, C Tirell Harris.After beating Bentworth in a non-conference match-up in week one, people had every reason to believe that this might be a much needed rebounding year for Westinghouse.But after that, the Bulldogs stopped barking. Their winless conference campaign in 2010 could have perhaps been one the worst, historically, in Westinghouse’s history as a program. Monte Robinson, Westinghouse’s coach was unreachable for comment.(Follow our continuing coverage of City League sports and add your comments to our website at (Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected]) by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier The snow covered grounds around Pittsburgh are a grand indication that high school football has come to its end in the City League. Perry, the class of the City, made an early exit out of the PIAA playoffs—in a close 35-26 loss to District VI Champ State College—after dominating the League with a perfect 11-0 mark. That included a convincing 32-0 rout of its second-best team, the Brashear Bulls, in the championship game on Nov. 20.One thing that may always be remembered about this season was Perry’s prolific passing attack. Head coach Bill Gallagher, was an assistant on a Brashear team that quarterback Rasheed Marshall played on and described his QB Greg McGhee as a “better player than Marshall.”last_img read more


first_imgTwo-Day International Racing ShowcaseReturns to the West Coast, November 4-5LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 4, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup announced today the post times for the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 races and purses and awards totaling $28 million, which will be held on November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.The official race order and wagering menu for both days of the Championships will be announced on Wednesday, October 26.The 33rd Breeders’ Cup begins on Friday, November 4 with a total of 10 races, four of them Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. There will be five Santa Anita Park races preceding the first Breeders’ Cup race, with post time of the first race at 11:25 a.m. PT. The first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #6 and will have a post time of 2:25 p.m. PT. The $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff will be the ninth race on the program, with a post time of 4:35 p.m. PT.All of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live on NBCSN.There will be 12 races on the Saturday, November 5 program, featuring nine Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. There will be three Santa Anita Park races preceding the first Breeders’ Cup race, with post time for the day’s first race at 10:15 a.m. PT. The first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #4 and will have post time of 12:05 p.m. The first eight Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live on NBCSN.Post time for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Race #12, will be 5:35 p.m. PT, and will be televised live and in primetime on NBC.2016 Breeders’ Cup World ChampionshipsPOST-TIMESAll Times PacificFriday, November 4Race 1 11:25 AMRace 2 12:00 PMRace 3 12:35 PMRace 4 1:10 PMRace 5 1:45 PMRace 6 2:25 PMRace 7 3:05 PMRace 8 3:50 PMRace 9 4:35 PM Longines Breeders’ Cup DistaffRace 10 5:10 PMSaturday, November 5Race 1 10:15 AMRace 2 10:50 AMRace 3 11:25 AMRace 4 12:05 PMRace 5 12:43 PMRace 6 1:21 PMRace 7 2:05 PMRace 8 2:43 PMRace 9 3:22 PMRace 10 4:01 PMRace 11 4:40 PMRace 12 5:35 PM Breeders’ Cup ClassicALL POST-TIMES ARE PACIFIC TIMEBOLD are Breeders’ Cup World Championships races About Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platformsFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTubelast_img read more

After adversity, Sharks’ Joe Thornton is enjoying the moment

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton darted around the ice as he and the Sharks went through a brief but brisk practice Saturday morning before they departed for Las Vegas. Situational drills, power play and penalty kill work — the scene was nothing out the ordinary.Neither was Thornton’s demeanor: all business when there was work to be done, smiling and having fun as practice began to wind down.The Sharks’ season will once again on the line Sunday when they face the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena …last_img

Big break for biotech in SA

first_imgSouth Africa’s biotechnology capabilityis growing steadily. (Image: BioPad) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kagiso Ntanga, LIFElabMarketing and communications manager+27 31 261 6427 or +27 82 808 9180Janine ErasmusThe Bio2Biz conference, held at the Durban International Convention Centre at the end of September 2009, unpacked new, innovative ways in which biotechnology and business can work together.About 700 delegates attended the four-day event, now in its sixth year. Since its inception in 2004 the conference has rotated between KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape provinces.A diverse range of discussion topics was on offer, from drug discovery and development, women in the biotechnology business, stem cell technology and South African biotechnology start-ups, to bioprospecting and indigenous knowledge systems, among others.Bioprospecting is the scientific search, based on traditional healing and biodiversity, for microrganisms, animal and plant species that could be a valuable source of medicinal drugs.Bio2Biz 2009 coincided with an exhibition of the latest in biotechnology developments. Participating exhibitors included the Department of Science and Technology; filtration and instrumentation specialist Microsep; laboratory equipment supplier Davies Diagnostics; the Innovation Fund, a technological campaigner; and a host of other biotechnology-related companies.Biotechnology on the riseThe conference was organised by a group of six partners: the Innovation Fund, eGoli Bio, BioPad, the Cape Biotech Trust, LIFElab and PlantBio. The latter four are designated biotechnology innovation centres, set up under government’s National Biotechnology Strategy, which was adopted by Cabinet in 2001.“Over the past five years, [the innovation centres] have supported the establishment of 30 new start-up biotechnology companies,” said Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, speaking at the conference.Research and intellectual property generated by South African innovators have sustained the new companies, said Pandor, adding that more than 1 000 research jobs have been created and that each year sees more innovative new products and services springing from the country’s creative minds.“We want to make South Africa one of the top 10 nations in the world in terms of the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, flavour, fragrance and biopesticide industries by 2018,” she affirmed.“Already, we have initiated four bioprospecting and product development flagship projects, and registered a Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge Systems degree, the first of its kind in the world.”Indigenous knowledge is beneficial for society because it includes natural treatments that have been used successfully for hundreds of years to treat a range of ailments. Because of the potential for business opportunities offering new healthcare products and services, it can also contribute to job creation.Potential in biotechnologyGuest speaker Dennis Liotta, professor of organic chemistry at Atlanta’s Emory University, was adamant that South Africa had all the necessary elements to be competitive in international pharmaceutical development in its own right.“There is huge potential for the South African biotechnology industry,” said Liotta at the conference’s opening session. “There are strong research scientists, government research councils, a traditional knowledge system and biodiversity.”Liotta, also the inventor of a number of anti-viral drugs, said that the South African biotechnology industry would achieve this by capitalising on its strengths and forging new partnerships to boost areas where skill or expertise is lacking.He is also the director of the South Africa Drug Discovery Programme, an initiative of Emory’s Global Health Institute. This programme aims to furnish African scientists with crucial skills in early drug discovery – a situation that, according to Emory, needs urgent attention.The talented scientists selected for the programme have access to top academic expertise from Emory. As funding is always a challenge in drug development, they learn how to evolve their ideas into a package that will attract the right investors. In this way they can successfully translate their research into effective healthcare products.Once training is complete, the graduates are placed in relevant positions in their own countries.This is a positive sign for developing African nations. These days big pharmaceutical companies focus their attention on markets in the developed world, said Liotta, where they are sure to recoup the huge amounts poured into research and development. Developing nations are thus left out in the cold, as state-of-the-art drugs are simply not made available.“[Pharmaceutical giants] only focus on these needs when put under moral political pressure,” commented Liotta.Traditional remedy to fight HIV/AidsOne of the highlights at Bio2Biz 2009 was a presentation by Southern African Network for Biosciences (Sanbio) director Luke Mumba, which featured a traditional remedy thought to have potential in the fight against HIV and Aids.The treatment is currently under scrutiny by scientists from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The traditional healer who developed the remedy claims it can cure HIV and Aids, and tests have shown that at least one plant used in the drink could possibly be as effective as the antiretroviral Indinavir, manufactured by Merck.The names of the plants are as yet a secret. Sanbio is currently seeking permission to take the active ingredients, in capsule form, to clinical trial in Southern Africa.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Talent or Hard Work

first_imgAnonymous asks, “Which is more important to success, talent or hard work?”When Talent FailsCountless talented people fail. They are better equipped through some natural gift, some set of experiences, or through training. It is clear to everyone around them that they have greater competencies and greater abilities. Almost all of these talented people recognize that they are more talented than their peers.The reason these talented people fail has nothing to do with their lack of talent and everything to do with their unwillingness to put that talent to work. Talented people sometimes believe that talent alone is enough to succeed. But being unwilling to do the work, they fail.When Hard Work FailsSome people who work very hard fail, but not nearly as often as the talented person who is unwilling. A hard worker tends to produce results through the sheer force of will. They’re willing to just keep at something until they produce some result.When hard workers fail it is because they believe that working hard alone is enough. Because they don’t work at learning more and improving their effectiveness, they fail. I have seen many a hard-working salesperson fail because, despite their willingness to work, they wouldn’t work on developing their chops.Talent + Hard WorkThe question anonymous asks supposes that talent and hard work are mutually exclusive, that you can be one or the other. But the most successful people are the talented people who work hard putting those talents to good use. They are matched only by the hard worker who is thoughtful enough to learn quickly, make distinctions that produce better results, and hustle to grow their overall competencies.The only choice to made is whether you are going to work hard if you are gifted with some talent, or whether you are going to develop yourself and learn if you are a hard worker who lacks the natural talent.last_img read more