Talent is Overrated

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Lev Shestov (1866-1938)

“In order to be a virtuoso, a master of one’s art and one’s instrument, it is necessary, with a truly angelic or asinine patience, to try over and over again… dozens, hundreds, thousands of times… sparing neither labor, nor time, nor health. Objectionable, tedious, irritating labor — this is the condition of genius, which no doubt explains the reason why men so rarely achieve anything. The majority prefer talent, that medium which lies between genius and mediocrity.”

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Meet Teddy Roosevelt

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Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919)

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

 

A Meditation on Life: The Greatest Regret

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A Meditation on Life: The Journey

Experience teaches me again and again that reaching one’s goal is not quite as satisfying as one imagines it will be. Continue reading