When you see someone doing something well—playing basketball, performing an instrument, killing a presentation—you usually say that person has “talent.”
But nobody picks up a basketball and starts hitting free throws 90% of the time.
No one picks up a violin and starts playing the third movement of Brahms’ violin concerto.
And no one is talented enough to trot up to a stage and present like Steve Jobs.
People who do those things get there with a lot of practice and hard work.
It’s skills vs. talent.
And research shows persistence trumps talent.
Coaches, parents, teachers—stop telling kids and students they’re talented when they do well. Instead, praise them for hard work.
And young people: keep trying when you fail. It’s the only way to get better.