Hard Work

Topics: Fortune, Fortune 500, Berkshire Hathaway Pages: 4 (1140 words) Published: August 14, 2013
(Fortune Magazine) -- What makes Tiger Woods great? What made Berkshire Hathaway (Charts) Chairman Warren Buffett the world's premier investor? We think we know: Each was a natural who came into the world with a gift for doing exactly what he ended up doing. As Buffett told Fortune not long ago, he was "wired at birth to allocate capital." It's a one-in-a-million thing. You've got it - or you don't.

Well, folks, it's not so simple. For one thing, you do not possess a natural gift for a certain job, because targeted natural gifts don't exist. (Sorry, Warren.) You are not a born CEO or investor or chess grandmaster. You will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work over many years. And not just any hard work, but work of a particular type that's demanding and painful. CEN_boy_golf.03.jpg

Born Winner? Golf champ Tiger Woods (pictured at 3 years old) never stopped trying to improve. CEN_tiger_woods.03.jpg
Woods (pictured in 2001) devoted hours to practice and even remade his Swing twice, because that's what it took to get better. More from Fortune
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Tip Sheet: Perfect Practice
1. Approach each critical task with an explicit goal of getting much better at it. 2. As you do the task, focus on what's happening and why you're doing it the way you are. 3. After the task, get feedback on your performance from multiple sources. Make changes in your behavior as necessary. 4. Continually build mental models of your situation - your industry, your company, your...
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