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Title: Motivation Monday #20
Post by: CLains on September 07, 2015, 10:40:52 pm
Talent and Success - Part One

What makes someone talented? What makes someone successful? Typically we think of this in terms of nature and nurture, where talent is in our nature, while becoming successful only occurs with sufficient nurture. However, there’s much more to it than that. In this first part we will look at three of the key ingredients that make someone successful.

1. Nurture: Encouragement

The first ingredient is to have an encouraging mother, mentor or coach that drives you to achieve your best. This is nurture in the most literal sense, in that they take care of you and provide you with the nourishment to grow, be it food, education or coaching. This theory became popular in the 1980s “Talent Project” that examined 120 people, all under the age of thirty-five who demonstrated the highest levels of accomplishment in one of six fields: swimming, tennis, sculpture, piano, mathematics, and research neuroscience. Few had demonstrated any great promise as children. The one commonality found in this study was that top performers got an extreme amount of encouragement. Exceptional circumstance (nurture) instead of exceptional conditions (nature) ruled the day.

2. Effort: 10 000 hours

The second ingredient became popular from a study on top performers in classical music in the 1990s. What they found is that an even stronger predictor to success, beyond nurture, was that none of the top musicians had practiced less than 10000 hours. Even when they examined what appeared to be prodigies with inherent talent, they found that they had compensated for their age by starting younger and putting in more hours per year. The conclusion was that the people at the top don’t just work harder than everyone else, they work much, much harder.

3. Self-Control: Delayed Gratification

Finally, the third ingredient came from the famous 1972 “Marshmallow Test,” that revealed a need to be able to delay gratification to achieve success in life. The test, if you have not seen it is as simple as this ( giving kids a Marshmallow and telling them that they will get another one IF they wait five minutes before eating it. When interviewed 14 years later, the kids who could wait were more self-confident, hard-working, and self-reliant. Notably, the ability to delay gratification at four is twice as good a predictor of later SAT scores as IQ.
Title: Re: Motivation Monday #20
Post by: CLains on September 07, 2015, 10:42:10 pm
Next time I'll add considerations from Intelligence (IQ) and Flow (,16544.0.html)!  ;)
Title: Re: Motivation Monday #20
Post by: BunkerChainLabs-DataSecurityNode on September 08, 2015, 02:53:00 am
Great post CLains!  +5%
Title: Re: Motivation Monday #20
Post by: emailtooaj on September 08, 2015, 05:42:15 am
+5 another awesome Monday post!! Thanks CLains