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The Economist Book of Business Quotations by Bill Ridgers

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“Talent

For almost a generation, psychologists around the world have been engaged in a spirited debate over a question that most of us would consider to have been settled years ago. The question is this: is there such a thing as innate talent? The obvious answer is yes. Not every hockey player born in January ends up playing at the professional level. Only some do – the innately talented ones. Achievement is talent plus preparation. The problem with this view is that the closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play and the bigger role preparation seems to play.

Malcolm Gladwell, writer (1963–), Outliers: The Story of Success (1976)

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. ...

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