I don’t believe in genius

Here are some quotes from this fantastic video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC3JEZMiK74):

I don’t believe in genius. I believe in hard work.
Persistence is far more important than any
notion of talent.

It’s all about practice, a lot of practice. There are
no shortcuts. I love the feeling that I can work
at something and get better at it.

The ideas of genius and talent just aren’t useful.
We just started working on a new video. If we are
geniuses, the ideas are just supposed to come to
us in a bolt of inspiration, it’s supposed to be easy.
But it isn’t. So then if we are not geniuses, then
we are screwed because we are never going to have
a great idea. How is that attitude going to help us
make something? How does that attitude help you
get better at what you want to do? The ideas of
genius and talent get in your way. Research bears
this out: If you think that your ability comes from
an innate talent, when you face an obstacle you
are more likely to give up. But if you think your
ability comes from hard work, when you hit an
obstacle you are more likely to dig into it and
overcome it.

In his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell popularized
the idea of 10,000 hours: it takes 10,000 hours to
become an expert at something. Whether it’s playing
chess, juggling, making viral videos, it is going to take
10,000 hours of practice to become world-class. At
first that seems like a scary amount of time, it seems
completely overwhelming. But it’s also really simple.
It will take a few years, but you can do it. It just takes
time.

What so many people don’t realize is that you need
the drive, the training, and the 10,000 hours. You don’t
need to be a genius. You don’t need some kind of
magical talent. You need to get up in the morning,
every morning, and take one more step toward that
ultimate goal of being great at what you do.

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