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Old 11-29-2011, 08:51 PM
 
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I often wonder this when I'm reading biographies of great people.

It seems that extremely successful people have the ability and the desire to do what they do at a high level.

Personally, I'm of average desire with above average ability.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:21 PM
 
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I would rather have the desire, because if you have that, you are more likely to go for it. The ability you can learn through practice, but if you have no desire to do it in the first place, then you are stuck in a rut.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:29 PM
 
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Does this mean one can't develop a desire if they have ability, and can't develop the ability if they have desire?

If they are mutually exclusive, I would prefer ability over desire. It would drive me crazy to have desire that is impossible to fulfill.

But if I could develop the second attribute, I'd prefer desire as I would then work toward the ability (desire driving me) and achieve both. I think desire is harder to develop than ability.

Of course, if we specified a subject matter, things might change, but this is my generalized response to this unspecific hypothetical.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:00 AM
 
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"If they are mutually exclusive, I would prefer ability over desire. It would drive me crazy to have desire that is impossible to fulfill". Yeah, I agree with that.

Some extremely successful people have marginal skills, ability and desire and just a h.ell of a lot of luck.
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:52 PM
 
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"If they are mutually exclusive, I would prefer ability over desire. It would drive me crazy to have desire that is impossible to fulfill". Yeah, I agree with that.

Some extremely successful people have marginal skills, ability and desire and just a h.ell of a lot of luck.
I second this idea, adding that if your ability far exceeds those of many others more and more money and / or benefits will just be thrown at you to do (whatever it is you do so much more efficiently than others).
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Old 03-19-2018, 07:49 AM
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If you didn't have the desire, how would you know if you had the ability?
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