The myth of “talent”

The common concept of “talent” may be one of the most destructive fallacies ever invented by human beings. So many people give up on their dreams because early setbacks lead them to believe that they lack the “talent” to become great at something. In truth, expertise at anything comes by persistent self-improvement.

For example, here is how I became good at photography – you can apply this to anything:

1: Study the technical principles of photography
2: Look at lots of photos taken by the best in the field
3: Take tons of photos. Be your most honest, ruthless critic. Repeat.

This is not to say that genes, environment, circumstance, and hard work are not important, but that having the right process is far more important than commonly appreciated.

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