Talent or work?


What do you think is most important: talent or work? When you see super ice skater, do you think s/he is very talented or that s/he work hard on skill?

Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work. Albert Einstein

I had debate with one lady, she believes that talent matter the most. Personally, I think that work is important.I don’t like elitism and believe we all have chance for success. Of course, if we are talented in desired field, we would have to work a bit less than someone untalented. However, if we decided “I am talented I don’t have to work”, untalented hard-working person will surpass us.  Talent gives a head start and with hard work we can finish the race.

Ericsson, Krampe, and Tech-Romer have pointed out that talent is irrelevant in distant 1993 yet. They connected success with a deliberate practice that lasts for over 10 thousand hours. Moreover, it must be goal-oriented, intensive and thoughtful for better results. However, more recent studies support another viewpoint. Both Malcolm Gladwell (2008) and David Brooks (2011) agree that there is no guarantee that a person with a higher IQ level will be more successful in life.
At the same time, talent means nothing without hard work and this thought was formulated by Stephen King several dozen years ago.


If we work hard, practice skill(s), have passion for it, we can be successful. If you always ask “What’s next? What can I do?”, you’ll get your success.  And when you succeed, let your awards and results speaks for you.

I’d like to hear your opinion. What is more important talent or work?

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