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Skill vs. Luck vs. Hard Work

Hard work is often talked about as a be-all end-all when it comes to performance, and even personhood. On this episode of The Growth Equation podcast, we explore what hard work can (and can’t do), what pursuits are more prone to be impacted by hard work, and the difference between hard work making you as good as you can be versus making you better than others. We also look at the history of hard work as a moral concept, and offer some thoughts on why it might be misguided.

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1 Comment

  1. John Sheridan on April 16, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Can I just say that I usually really appreciate your podcast but this one was way off base. Hard Work does not equate to Deliberate Practice. You use a straw man argument and in that process seriously attack the outstanding and peer-reviewed research initiated by Anders Ericsson. This is particularly difficult to accept, given his relatively recent death. I also find it jarring given that the process of setting goals and working towards them with a coach or mentor, who provides feedback, seems to be entirely consistent with your own employment and approach as articulated in your books, a number of which I have. I have no desire to support arguments that hard work on its own is enough to succeed but you strayed some considerable way from such an argument.

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