A variety of scientific studies seem to indicate that success is connected more to hard work and training than natural ability.
British researchers conclude their extensive study of the subject by saying:
"The evidence we have surveyed ... does not support the [notion that] excelling is a consequence of possessing innate gifts."
Scores of studies conducted over roughly the last 15 years have found no evidence of high-level performance without experience or practice. Even the most accomplished people need about 10 years of hard work before they become greats in their field, a pattern seen so frequently that researchers have dubbed it the 10-year rule.
Even Bobby Fischer, who became a chess grandmaster at 16, had nine years of intensive study first.
And the 10-year rule is considered a minimum rather than an average; in many fields, including music and literature, 20 or 30 years' experience is often needed. The key seems to be a process called deliberate practice: regular, focused, intense efforts to improve toward measurable goals.
Ever wonder why some people like Warren Buffett can make money about as easily as Michael Jordan can shoot a basketball?
Just as your genes do very little to influence your health, they're not responsible for helping you shape your financial acumen or, for that matter, your ability to shoot a basketball either.
So why do some people like Jordan become a giant among basketball players, and others don't? Achieving excellence has everything to do with the pursuit of a goal -- meaning hard work and committing tons of time to put that knowledge into practice -- and not as much a consequence of possessing innate gifts.
Making a conscious choice to desire nothing less in your life than the best takes a huge commitment and a great amount of time devoted to what this article calls "deliberate practice" -- a regimen designed to improve performance, so that what people believe are extraordinary talents are merely skills you've honed better than others to the nth degree.
If anything, folks, all of us have the ability to succeed, as long as we can get a handle on our fears and other negative emotions, and I've found no better tool than the Emotional Freedom Technique to help me do just that.
Another useful tool for helping you align thoughts that are below your normal level of awareness with your conscious goals is clinical hypnosis. Combining hypnosis with EFT has produced great results for a lot of people.
Also important is understanding that the law of attraction is very real. Whatever you focus your thoughts on you tend to manifest in your life.
The mistake nearly everyone makes is that they focus on negative events that have happened or are afraid will happen and that is exactly what they attract in their life, because that is what their focus is on.
The movie, The Secret, does a wonderful job of illustrating this simple yet profound truth. Effectively applying it in your life can be nothing short of a miracle.