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How To Be Successful In Life

The authors of Freakonomics reviewed a new 900 page academic book, The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance. Here are three conclusions from their massive work:


1. The trait we call talent is highly overrated.

That is, expert performers - whether in memory or surgery, ballet or computer programming - are nearly always made, not born.


2. Practice does make perfect.


3. When it comes to choosing a life path, you should do what you love - because if you don't love it, you are unlikely to work hard enough to get good at it.

They add, "Most people naturally don't like to do things they aren't 'good' at. So they often give up, telling themselves they simply don't possess the talent for math or skiing or the violin."

But here is the truth:

"What they really lack is the desire to be good and to undertake the deliberate practice that would make them better."

In other words, whatever turns you on, will keep you going.

So what do you love? What is it that you'll continue to practice deliberately and systematically?

Because those who have ever excelled in something, they found what they loved to do - and then put in the time and hard work to become good at it.