Talent does matter don’t fool yourself. It does not take much if you are willing to do the work to exploit the talent you have. The key is what you do with the talent you have and how you develop your talent to it's fullest extent. I could fill a book with stories of athletes that I have seen in my career with abundant talent who never came close to achieving what they were capable of based on their talent level. The willingness to consistently push to the edge and sometimes beyond physically, psychologically and emotionally means so much more than innate talent. Talent can be a curse or a blessing. Those that excel take the blessing and build upon it to be the best they can be and leave no doubts that they have exploited what talent they have to the fullest extent possible.