Talent and preparation

Farnam Street has a post today, Complexity and the Ten-Thousand-Hour-Rule, that explores the conversation about innate talent and preparation. Is it hard work that makes the difference, or is it something you’ve just got, something you’re born with that ultimately determines achievement?

We all have differing levels of innate ability, physically and mentally, and different temperaments. But focus and drive and grit count for more than can be easily measured. Imagine the countless would-be masters throughout history, people with the talent to be world class, who didn’t put in the effort, who didn’t persevere through difficulty and failure to become remarkable at something.

If you’ve got some talent, good for you. Now, figure out how to be awesome and get to work.

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  1. […] I was clicking through interesting links last night and tunneled my way through the internet to this great Art of Manliness post: The World Belongs to Those Who Hustle. It’s worth reading if you need a kick in the pants to get going or feel you are lacking in talent. Talent is overrated. […]

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