An article in The New York Times on July 15, How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Talent, has reignited the debate about how much progress can be made by practicing compared to other factors. Whether sports or arts, how good are you going to get by slogging away and is it worth the effort?
Benedict Carey’s article explores the ebb and flow of the debate about the relative contributions of practice and talent to the development of elite performance. A paper in the current issue of the journal Psychological Science asserts that the effect of practice time is not as important as previously thought, compared to inborn gifts.
What comes through loud and clear is that progress toward the highest level is likely to be a combination of factors that are hard to quantify, such as the quality of practice, the age at which the person started learning, and personality – commitment, grit, and motivation.
Click here to read The New York Times article.