After watching this video, we read an excerpt from the Malcolm Gladwell book Outliers. The part that we read addressed the debate over whether innate talent is all you need to succeed. The author argues that innate talent actually has ver little to do with success and success depends more on how much practice you put into your craft. In fact, Gladwell argues that in order to be truly proficient at any one thing, you must put in 10,000 hours of practice! He provides several examples of people considered to be the top of their field and through interviewing them he found they all had one thing in common: they were able to get at least 10,000 hours of practice in before they became a star.
In our BizTown lesson today, we listed topics that we were interested in to try to figure out what career type we are best suited for. After reviewing the difference between interests and skills, we were reminded of Gladwell's argument that if you want to be good at something you have to work hard, make that VERY hard, for it!
As the students get closer and closer to middle school (forcasting for Highland is this Thursday!), it's important for them to remember that if they want to succeed at something it doesn't matter if it's their "innate talent" or not. What they do need to remember is that success is something that is earned.