A lot of the literature in psychology, especially the type read by people not trying to get a Ph.D., is focused on success. How to be successful. What do successful people do. You know. It gets quite tiring after a while, especially because for the most part it is a thinly veiled sales pitch or click bait.
Inspiration or perspiration?
I’ve gone through the non-click bait writing/research on the matter and noticed some interesting patterns.
First, I will define success as being in the top 1% of something: swimming, earning money, cutting out adenoids… whatever floats your boat.
It appears that in the majority of cases, someone’s success in a particular field is mostly related to experience and practice, not to innate ability.
I’ve been very fortunate to have gone to school with some incredibly talented people. As we were growing up, I watched their motivations change: some people would get…
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