There's recently been a backlash against "geniuses" and their innate ability to reach the top of their crafts based on pure talent. Malcolm Gladwell popularized the now proverbial 10,000 hours rule, which claims you need at least 10,000 hours to master a skill. Additionally, he pointed out that confidence derived from repetition and opportunity play an integral part in the development of successful "geniuses". i.e. His example on hockey players... While it may be true that development of successful "geniuses" requires a great deal of work, practice, and training, popular thought based on this cultural meme is now beginning to discount the value of innate talent.

Sometimes it's hard to swallow the fact that others are simply more talented than the rest of us. Take Lebron James. Love him or hate him, no matter how much blood, sweat, and tears the average man puts in they are not going to be Lebron James. Sometimes, there are people who walk the Earth that are simply naturals at what they do; Babe Ruth with the bat, Michael Jackson with his otherworldly body control, and Bobby Fischer on the chessboard.

These geniuses inspire us at recess to be the best versions of ourselves, and to maximize what very little talent we do possess. So look out for new upcoming pieces inspired by geniuses, and remember that sometimes there are people who are just freaks of nature. With that, here's a little excerpt from "Amadeus", who's music still stands at the pinnacle of musical achievement, despite what the lovers of Avicii claim.

Daniel Zing
Daniel Zing


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June 23, 2014

great read. thank you r-squared!

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