I sometimes fall into the mental trap of looking at an athlete and saying, "well they were born with this or that natural advantage." That kind of statement isn't just unfair to the athlete I am looking at, but it psychologically provides me with a rationalization for not working as hard as I need to in order to meet my fitness goals. Obviously, some athletes have 'natural' gifts, but to simply credit those with their athletic ability belittles all of the hard work they do to maximize those gifts.
Logan Gelbrich, a young man I have had the pleasure of working out with many times, is such an athlete. At first look, you might think "He's 6'3", 220lbs., strong and fast... that must all be natural talent." But I have personally seen how hard Logan works. He works on his weaknesses harder than he works on his strengths, and I have never seen him go through a workout half-assed. He asks questions from his coaches, never assumes he has nothing else to learn about a movement, and approaches everything he does with intensity and maximum effort. Listen to his interview on CrossFit Radio: here.
Bottom line: don't blame your parents, the gods, the universe, or any other outside factor for the hand you were dealt. Work your ass off and you'll achieve your goals!
Posted by Zareh.