Why intelligent people fail

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 02, 2010

Pretty much why everyone else fails (minus a lack of intelligence).

1. Lack of motivation. A talent is irrelevant if a person is not motivated to use it. Motivation may be external (for example, social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job well-done, for instance). External sources tend to be transient, while internal sources tend to produce more consistent performance.