Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Talent is overrated

The Freakonomics guys are at it again, this time in a New York Times article reporting that:

"The trait we commonly call talent is highly overrated. Or, put another way, expert performers — whether in memory or surgery, ballet or computer programming — are nearly always made, not born. And yes, practice does make perfect. These may be the sort of clichés that parents are fond of whispering to their children. But these particular clichés just happen to be true. "Ericsson's research suggests a third cliché as well: when it comes to choosing a life path, you should do what you love — because if you don't love it, you are unlikely to work hard enough to get very good." Article.


At 5/13/2006 11:40:00 AM, Anonymous Karol said...

I read and enjoyed Freakanomics although felt they were off in some of their theories (the drug-dealer one and the abortion one in particular). That was interesting though, about the soccer players and why most are born at the start of the year, thanks for the link.


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