It's easy to believe that the brightest performers in sport, art, science, etc., like Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Vincent van Gogh, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Brontë sisters, Lonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin or Albert Einstein, often considered as geniuses, were naturals with inborn gifts that can't be taught.
But what does science say about the concept of inborn talent? Could it just be a persistent and pernicious myth that is detrimental for our children? There are some luminous - and NOT SO SURPRISING - answers about the psychology behind mastering new skills in the great video from BBC Reel, linked below.
Picture: The surprising psychology behind mastering a new skill (BBC Reel)
Picture: Anders Ericsson (BBC Reel)