Wally Bock does a great job in this post of summarizing and responding to Fortune magazine’s recent cover article called, What It Takes to be Great. Here’s a snippet that ends with a very good question.
If you read nothing else in the article read the part about
"deliberate practice." The old adage is that "Practice makes perfect."
But that adage is clearly wrong. Practice may make permanent, but only
a particular kind of practice makes perfect, and Fortune has zeroed in
The Fortune article takes these insights and then goes on to discuss
how it all applies to business. In the end, after many good points,
they’re left with a key question that none of us can answer, "Why are
some people motivated to do the extra, focused work while others are
Wally also counters the article’s claim that talent does not matter. I side with Wally on that arugment. You?