Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Talent is Irrelevant

The evidence we have surveyed... does not support the notion that excelling is a consequence of possessing innate gifts.
Michael J. Howe, Jane W. davidson, & John A. Sluboda

This is rather true. Let's analyze what Geffrey Colvin said in his Fortune Mag article:
1. Nobody is great without work.
2. There is no evidence of hig-level performance without experience or practice.
3. You will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hardwork over many years. And not just any hard work , but work of particular type that's demanding and painful.
4. The good news is that your lack of a natural gift is irrelevant - talent has little or nothing to do with greatness.
5. You can make yourself into any number of things , and you can even make yourself great.
6. There is a vast evidence that even the most accomplished people need around ten years of hard work before becoming world class., researchers call it the ten-year rule.
7. The best people in any field are those who devote the most hours to what researchers call "deliberate practice".
8. More deliberate practice equals better performance. Tons of it equals great performance.

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