GREATNESS never comes easy for anyone - even Queensland Origin skipper Cameron Smith.
This is what Proserpine State High school students learned from the "Legends of League" who passed on advice to an admiring audience at the school today.
League legend Craig Teevan said even those who reached the pinnacle of rugby league, only did so through sheer determination.
"Cam Smith could never make a Queensland side all through primary school, the best representative achievement he made was being on the bench in the U18s," he said.
"He was always told he was too small but he persisted and worked on his game (although) sometimes early success doesn't mean you will continue to have it."
Craig Wilson, Stuart Kelly and Christian Power also had their own stories to share with students and encouraged them to set goals and do what was necessary for educational success.
Grade 10 rugby league fan Josh Sturma said he felt inspired by the talk.
"If you try hard then you achieve what you want get out of life," he said.
Grade 9 student Emily Lade was randomly selected to take home a football signed by the Legends of League at the end of the presentation.
As someone who watches the NRL every Friday night, she was thrilled with the prize, but she also took home an important lesson.
"(What I took away was to) achieve well in school and (aspire to) do something great outside of school, whether that is going to Uni or being good at sports," she said.
After the presentation, students played an indoor footy game with the Legends.
The Legends of League visits to Whitsunday Christian College and Proserpine State High School today come ahead of the All Stars match to be held at Denison Park in Bowen on Saturday.
Matches will begin from 9.30am with the main game featuring the Legends of league and Whitsunday Legends to kick off at 7.30pm.
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