Myth: talent is completely fixed and predetermined at birth

Despite all the myths, talent is not completely fixed or predetermined at birth or at a young age. Talent depends on:

  • a person’s motivation
  • a person’s experience
  • how a person is managed or led

Assessment of talent depends on:

  • how it is defined by a culture
  • how it is defined by an era

Talent depends more on effort and having access to the right information and techniques than on natural ability.

Talent, in other words, is far more malleable than many people want us to believe.

Hard Facts by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton

2 Responses to “Myth: talent is completely fixed and predetermined at birth”

  1. Luigi Selmi Says:

    Talent seems to be what Minsky call a suitcase word in his book[1]. A kind of box full of different meanings without any real possibility to draw its borders. Yours seem reasonable content of that box. I think talent could be the product of a long, daily, effort to put order in our thoughts and interpretations of facts that can help us to reach the best results.

    Luigi

    [1]M. Minsky, The Emotion Machine

  2. Organizations: focus on creating a great system, not finding great talent « Diverse Thoughts Says:

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