The real gift of our studies is that it definitely proves that talent, innate inbred talent, the sort that comes with your meal ticket attached to it, comes up short if faced with Deliberate Practice.
Why? Mainly because cognitive thinking and behavioral theories, the basis for Deliberate Talent, demands that in order for you to improve in your desired skill that you’re no good to begin with. Simple.
In cognitive theory, excellent performance results from practicing complex tasks that produce errors. Trial error is a pivotal piece to learning something new. Such errors provide the learner with rich feedback that results in scaffolding for future performance. This reality ultimately explains how a learner can become an expert.
Another important facet, one that gives you an edge over talent lies in a trap native to talent. “People who are certain of their superiority in a field, who did not have to pick up a skill but were somehow born with it, almost always develop a god complex. A double edge sword where they can do no wrong, and where they don't need to practice.”
Maintenance is an important facet of deliberate practice. Skill fade with non use. They fizzle out. This phenomenon is often referred to as: being out of practice. It is a common problem that assails people with natural talent.
One of the benchmarks of Deliberate Practice, and big myth, some folks are peddling is the idea that all you need in life to succeed is hard-work and grit. What most people and self help wizards like to sell you is the idea that there is no limit to what you can accomplish with deliberate practice. Sadly, that’s a bold face lie.
Deliberate practice doesn’t mean that you can fashion yourself into anything, it just means that with enough work, dedication and effort you can develop your skills in a remarkable way. There’s still a glass ceiling called genetics. Your genes ultimately cap the amount of progress you can develop in a field. They are your limits. You can’t go against biology, well you can, a bit, but not much.