Your results are directly related to the position you put yourself in. A person with average talent and ability will outperform a genius who puts themselves in a poor position.
What looks like talent is often just good positioning. Good preparation is the best way to put yourself in a good position.
If you don’t prepare for a meeting and someone asks you a question you can’t answer, you put yourself in a poor position to succeed. You can make all the excuses you want; you can say, ‘under the circumstances, I did my best,’ but had you done your best, you wouldn’t have found yourself in that position.
Doing your best isn’t about the result. You know you did your best before you knew the result and blew it before anyone made it official.
What does it mean to do your best?