Pure genius = at least 10,000 hours of practice!
The Beatles had been together for 7 years before Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!
Bill Gates had spent an estimated 10,000 hours of computer programming, bordering on obsession before he was able to take an opportunity which came his way.
Mozart had been composing for 10 years before becoming famous. Some of his early works were considered ‘normal’.
Exceptional people become so through passion and tenacity, not mediocrity.
The world's greatest achievers are sometimes considered to have been ‘born with it’; the old nature vs. nurture debate – I say it is a combination of aptitude and opportunity. A practical thinking person will be able to work through a situation, turn it into an opportunity and act upon that opportunity confidently. A Glass half full!
Further interesting reading:
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell - published by Penguin.