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Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin

I really liked this book A LOT. It emphasizes that if you want to do something and really love it that eventually you will get very good at it. It also tells you to avoid negativity and negative people which is a no brainer. All of us encounter these types of people, and it’s best to shut them off or do your best to ignore them. If you keep working hard on what you want to be great at, you will find out what kind of mistakes you make – avoid those mistakes in the future and find out what works well for you and what doesn’t work. Eventually, you will become very, very good at what you do. Tiger Woods is used as an example in the book, how he learned golf at a very early age, had a father who loved the sport (a military guy too), and wanted him to be the best at it. Eventually, Tiger did become one of the best in the game. Read the book, you’ll like it and understand why talent is over rated.

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  3. Ilya says:

    Talent is nothing without persistence and what Chet Holmes calls “dogged determination” in applying it. It is hard to argue that a talented person who applies their talent well will have a strong advantage. But if I was to bet on either pure talent or pure determination, I would go with determination every time. Nothing is more common than a wasted talent.

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