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Practice might be more important than talent

In Agribusiness on June 2, 2009 at 8:49 am

If you haven’t read this article:

http://money.cnn.com/2008/10/21/magazines/fortune/talent_colvin.fortune/index.htm

or Geoff Colvin’s book based on the article, it’s worth at least a read and a bit of thought.

It seems, according to this article, that it’s not our knowledge, upbringing or experience that make us successful, but rather our practice routine. According to a study quoted in Colvin’s article, it is “deliberate practice” that makes for the highest degree of success.

Practice, apparently, does make perfect. Honing our talents with the direction and feedback of a coach is always an excellent way to be better. And the sooner we start, the better our chances of success.

In other words, Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan succeeded more because of the quantity and quality of their practice sessions than because of their genetic makeup.

I guess there’s something to be said for good old-fashioned hard work, as long as it’s focused and smart.

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