Walter Shurden, in his monthly dispatch, writes of two authors giving their variation on a theme:
Genes or Grind
In an article titled Genius: The Modern View in the May 1 issue of The New York Times, Brooks weighs in on the issue of whence comes talent.
Is it predestination or practice? Genes or grinding work?
Did Mozart and Tiger come hard-wired that way or did they get that way by practice, practice, practice?
Brooks opts for the latter.
He closes his op-ed piece with these two lines. “We construct ourselves through behavior.”
As Daniel Coyle observes in his book, The Talent Code, it’s not who you are, it’s what you do.”
The subtitle to Coyle’s book is Greatness Isn’t Born, It’s Grown.