Talent vs. Hard Work

The Soliloquist


Talented people are sought out in school, workplaces and field. They are quite rare that when we spot one, we have the instinctive reaction to acknowledge and nurture them. Teachers and mentors try to bring out the most of these people’s talents to put them into good use. Whether we like it or not, they are always one step ahead of those who are normal or close to being ordinary. Yet, more than anything, hard work gives someone the power to be three steps ahead.

A recent study by David Z. Hambrick and Elizabeth J. Meinz shows that profoundly gifted people outshine those who have less natural talent. But psychologist Anders Ericsson has estimated that it takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice to become a professional. So which one should people go after?

It was found that talent is not acquired but inborn or natural in some people. Talent will…

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