Outliers Work Much, Much Harder
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.
I love this point and there’s a reason why 1064 Kindler users highlighted it: it exposes the fallacy of talent. Yes – there are certain people who have a natural capacity to learn skills, apply certain kinds of thinking and exert physical maneuvers that are unmatched. But for the vast majority of things and in the vast majority of cases, the best performing person is the one who has worked the hardest and the longest at whatever it is they are doing. Period.
We like to believe that it’s our lack of talent that prevents us from being successful when in reality, it’s probably our lack of sustained hard work.
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