Okay so contrary to the above quote, I believe you need a little talent to pursue success in a career or professional hobby. However Outliers has provoked some interesting thoughts on how we define successful people. The book points out that while Jobs and Gates were born during an ideal time to take advantage of the birth of high technology they also practiced and took advantage of all the help and opportunities that danced around them.
It makes me evaluate how I can redirect my own road and become a legit children’s book writer. And to that point, writing takes practice – a lot of practice. Just like becoming a good cook takes practice. Being a pilot, doctor and lawyer all take a great deal of practice.
Perhaps the key question is; are you willing to put in the hours to get what you want?