It’s one of the most memorable lines in movie history (in my opinion).
Robert DeNiro utters it to his young son in the movie “A Bronx Tale.”
“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”
I completely agree with this, but it’s more than that.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that there’s another element to this that must be addressed.
Sure it’s sad to waste talent but until you can be upset with yourself about this wasted talent, you’ll never start using it.
It’s one thing to let down your friends, family, and anyone else with a lack of effort.
But ultimately the most effective way to spark the catalyst you need to start trying, it’s gotta be you who you want to impress.
It’s gotta be you who you want to live up to and continue to outshine.
If you don’t have the desire to compete with yourself, eventually you’ll run out of steam.
There’s only so long you’ll care about impressing others.
There’s only so many people you’ll try to make an impression on.
Real change comes when your true fire comes from trying to outdo you.
Those that have that are the ones who don’t waste their talent.