I was rereading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell last night and I ran across a very important paragraph talking about talent. This is one of my very favorite topics in the whole world and whenever I tell someone “TALENT DOESN’T EXIST” they always look at me like I am crazy. America has perpetuated this myth that Talent is the driver of success forever and people are so infatuated with that idea they can’t imagine anything else. I think the main reason people love to believe this is that it is easy. The reason I say that is if I can look at someone and say he is successful is because of innate talent then there is nothing I can do about it. If I have to admit he is successful is because he chose to work harder than me then I don’t feel good about it. So check out the following quote and please help me stop this myth that talent is real!
“The striking thing about Ericsson’s study is that he and his colleagues couldn’t find and “naturals”, musicians who floated effortlessly to the top while practicing a fraction of the time their peers did. Nor could they find any “grinds,” people who have worked harder than everyone else, yet didn’t have what it takes to break the top ranks. Their research suggests that once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. And what’s more, the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.