Talent is only 1/3 of the equation

Posted on February 6, 2009



The Architect’s Newspaper published a piece by Michael McDonough, the accomplished New York-based architect, writer and teacher, called “The Top 10 Things They Never Taught Me in Design School.” Everyone reads lots of similar things. McDonough’s is different, not just entertaining but quite useful, and valid for any kind of leadership or design discipline.

Talent is one-third of the success equation.
Talent is important in any profession, but it is no guarantee of success. Hard work and luck are equally important. Hard work means self-discipline and sacrifice. Luck means, among other things, access to power, whether it is social contacts or money or timing. In fact, if you are not very talented, you can still succeed by emphasizing the other two. If you think I am wrong, just look around.

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