Quantity or quality?

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. Yogi Berra 1925 – 2015 Which is more important, quantity or quality? Before you answer, let me share a little story with you. On the first day of a pottery class, the instructor divided the class into two groups. The group on the left was given the following instructions: “You will be graded on the quantity of vases you make during this semester. Make over fifty pounds of vases and you get an A.” To the group on the right, he said, “You are only to make one …
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The two sides of success

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill 1874 – 1965 Most people I encounter have a common goal: they want more success in life. Of course, success means different things to different people, but typically, they want some combination of the following: more money, love, fame, attention, time, power, or possessions; better health; and fewer struggles. When we see someone who has achieved a certain level of success, we often attribute that success to either exceptional talent or luck, such as being born into a privileged family or having …
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The myth of inborn talent

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Gen. Colin Powell 1937 – Often, we’ll look at remarkably talented individuals and wonder why we weren’t blessed with some innate ability that would rocket us to success. But studies of successful people have found little correlation between achievement and talent. It turns out that talent — a skill we’re born with — is highly overrated. Skeptical? Consider an experiment carried out by Hungarian psychologist Laszlo Polgar. He believed that talent is made, not born, and decided to test his theory: he would …
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