Necessary but not sufficient.

Intelligence and effort.
Both are necessary for success.
But neither one is sufficient.
Intelligence without effort is wasted potential.
Like a ship sitting in port.
It looks good, but it’s not going anywhere.
Effort without intelligence is an unskilled fighter.
The beating becomes disheartening.
And ultimately wears him and his people down.
Intelligence plus effort is better.
But it’s still not enough.
Not today.
Today you need intelligence, effort and faith.
Faith fueled by a burning desire.
Faith that motivates fearless experimentation and conversations.
Faith that creates serendipitous connections and unexpected discoveries.
Salvador Dali said, “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”
Faith is what makes ideas soar.

Tom Asacker