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The Case Against Talent


It's not necessarily that some people don't have an affinity and ability in certain areas (aka "talent"), it's just that "Every Child Can" (and adult, too, if you put your mind to it).

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After a recent violin recital, my husband approached my son’s teacher.

“These are such talented kids,” he said.

The teacher looked at him and frowned.

“Talent has nothing to do with it,” she said. “It’s about hard work and good technique.”

Suzuki said, “Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus 10,000 times is skill.”

Ten thousand times means a lot of falling down. It might mean tears, stutter-stops and a few steps backward.


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