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SHARE Hard Work Versus Talent In a world where we are ridiculously overcommitted to making sure everyone is equal in every way, a new study just published in Psychological Science contains some sobering news you might not like. We would love to believe, of course, that all we need to do to be the best is to try hard enough.
You can be anything you want as long as you really want it: There is no shortage of popular pundits promoting this myth. As Hambrick and Meinz point out: Malcolm Gladwell commented that "The relationship between success and IQ works only up to a point.
Malcolm Gladwell and David Brooks are simply wrong. At least in science, a high level of intellectual ability puts a person at a measurable advantage-and the higher the better. The people peddling this notion that talent is irrelevant often cite a paper by Ericsson, Krampe, and Tech-Romer regarding deliberate practice in which the researchers argue that success is usually built upon purposeful, thoughtful and intense efforts to improve performance over about 10, hours.
This is true; hard work does pay off. The Beatles got to be so good because they had to perform their music four hours a day eight days a week during their two year stint in Hamburg. Bobby Fischer became a grandmaster at chess after years of honing his skills at the Brooklyn Chess Club.
What we want to know is whether hard work makes talent irrelevant. Will every group that jams together for 10, hours become the Fab Four and every chess obsessed child become a world champion?
Hambrick and Meinz showed the basic relationship between hard work and talent in this chart. The vertical axis measures your level of performance. Higher up means spectacular. The horizontal axis charts your innate talent, in this case cognitive ability, what the rest of the world refers to as " intelligence.
The two lines refer to different levels of deliberate practice. There are two things to take away from this. The first is that being smart is a useful thing to inherit, right up there with a large trust fund. The more smarts you have, the higher your performance. If you take a careful look, however, you will notice that those of us with more modest abilities do have a chance.
Also, the differences between the smart and the not-so-smart shrink quite a bit if they both work hard. That means that talent still counts, but hard work puts you right up there. Unless you are in a profession where there can only be one winner, like going for Olympic gold, this is pretty good news.
With hard work, at the bare minimum you can be good at what you do.
And though you might never be the best, you can give the best performers a run for their money. On the other hand, if you have chosen a career where only the very, very best succeed, you better be born with a lot of talent.
Necessarily, people who are exceptionally talented are also exceptionally rare. But from what we know about the prevalence of procrastinationpeople who work hard are also pretty rare too.
Most of the time, you are going to be end up competing against rivals with one of these attributes, talent or hard work, not both. Those with natural aptitude and the willingness to put in the effort are as rare as diamonds, and twice as valuable.
If you see one, take a picture, get an autograph, and wish them good luck. This world has problems and we especially need people like them.
Is it better to be hard working with modest talents the low end of the red line or smart but lazy the high end of the blue line?
The answer is cut and dried:Definition of pay off in the Idioms Dictionary. pay off phrase. What does pay off expression mean? Definitions by the largest Idiom Dictionary. Pay off - Idioms by The Free Dictionary Pay the full amount on a debt or on wages, as in The car's finally paid off, or Les pays off the workers every Friday evening.
[Early s] 2. If you some examples mentioned above, you will find that hard work does pay off by achieving the goal.
may not always be in monetary terms. Hard work pays even in failure by teaching us something. For success of hard work, firm faith in your mission and right action are necessary. In honor of hard workers everywhere, here are some of the most inspiring quotes about working hard and watching it pay off.
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