Monday, October 23, 2006

Practice—not talent—makes for greatness

An interesting article about the idea of talent vs hard work. I for one subscribe to the idea that talent, if existent at all, is secondary. I know it's cheesy and overly optimistic, but I've seen it in my own life and try to use it to achieve my goals.

I sucked at baseball when I started playing. I was awkward and had a horrible first year. But I worked hard and got immensely better. The trick is to not look at the hard work as a means to an end—the goal is too far ahead and too distant for that to work—but as something you enjoy doing. Something that fills you up inside. Having that as the motivating force can keep you working hard until one day you realize you're pretty good. Maybe even great.

Anyway, read the article.


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