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Psychologists talk about cultivating your strengths; leaders talk about working hard. Where do we find the balance between natural ability and self-improvement? The best course is to appreciate the value of both.

The phrase “practice makes perfect” is a good starting point on the path to success. But what can we realistically expect from ourselves when it comes to natural talent versus hard work?

10,000 hours?

You may be familiar with the theory that to get good at anything you need to put in 10,000 hours of practice. First proposed by Swedish psychologist K. Anders Ericsson, the idea was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 book Outliers ...

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