Not that intelligence, talent, and charisma aren’t helpful, but this article does a great job focusing on the importance of “grit:” the determination to work toward your goals and not give up. The time scale may be intimidating to some:
The obsession with grit derives from cutting-edge psychological research being carried out by academics like New York Times best-selling author and University of Pennsylvania Professor Angela Lee Duckworth, who has worked closely with the Seattle Seahawks.
Duckworth describes grit as “sticking with your future — day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality.”
And her research shows that grit is the biggest predictor of success, going far beyond intelligence, talent or charisma.
I’ll be putting Professor Duckworth’s book on my reading list.