The best people are well-rounded

Watch Lionel Messi dribble. Go on YouTube, type in “Best Messi Dribbles,” click on any of the clips that come up—there will be hundreds to choose from; any one will do—and you will see a small man with magical feet, running at what seems like double time past one defender after another until he gets into the penalty area and shoots. If you are a soccer fan, you will have seen him do this countless times already, but if you aren’t, it’s worth taking a moment to watch this man. All of us who are interested in excellence can benefit from studying preternatural ability in action: we can wonder at what caused it, analyze ...

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