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Talent Is Overrated

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Nov 12, 2014


The title of this column, along with virtually every good idea in it, is a blatant lift from Geoff Colvin’s brilliant book, Talent is Overrated, and if I give it a little unsolicited free publicity in exchange for a blatant lift or two (or ten), I figure that’s a win-win for all, yes? Yes. Please say yes. Otherwise, I’m back to square one. Yes, then? Thank you. So Colvin says that the difference between geniuses and the rest of us is not a matter of genes or special attributes or any other quality of talent that we frequently refer to as “God-given gifts.” While it’s true that, when it comes to poker (or anything), some of us are just naturally better than others, most people don’t have a clear understanding of what “better” means. One thing that so-called “talented” people do better than the rest of us is make terrific ...

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