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A Gift, Improved

Posted by Mark Bennett on November 12, 2010


If you haven’t already, go directly to this story to read about an amazing and inspiring example of someone taking and refining a talent to the point that millions of people thought: savant, miracle, or cheat.

You’ll also discover a really good writer.

Hopefully, you’ve read the story now, but if you haven’t, the upshot is this: a contestant on Wheel of Fortune solved the (rather large) puzzle with only one letter. The real kicker is that she didn’t even need that letter, but the rules of the game forced that situation. What she had really done was solve the puzzle when the only thing up on the board was an apostrophe, during the turn of the previous contestant. When it became her turn, she already had beat the puzzle.

The talent angle is summed up by writer Chris Jones:

“Or Burke has a gift, and she improved it with study. She practiced. She found the little edges and secrets that make large-size success possible; she did every last bit of the math. She earned her way to her place behind the wheel, and then, on that fateful day, in that particular pattern of rectangles and lights, she saw all that she needed to beat it. “

What are you doing to continually develop and hone your talent and the talent of your team, so that when an opportunity presents itself, you also create a “miracle?”

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2 Responses to “A Gift, Improved”

  1. Meg Bear said

    I love how she wanted to keep getting better. What a great story, thanks for blogging it Mark.

    -Meg

    • I also like (and meant to include) this quote from her that echoes what you said in your recent post:

      “There are a million things I’m not good at,” she told me on Tuesday. “But Wheel of Fortune, I can do.”

      There are a million things all of us aren’t good at, but we can find our strengths and continue to improve them. Note that this is not saying to over rely on our strengths and simply discount our weaknesses.

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