Winchester says something like “I’m a great surgeon, but all I ever wanted to be was a great pianist, like you. The problem is I can’t play. These hands, it’s not these hands, it’s in here. My hands are great. I’m a great surgeon. I can make my hands sing. But the piano. Yes, I can play all the notes. But I can’t make the music.”
I don’t think you’ll see a scene like that, written these days. These days we’re obsessed with hard work, and wanting things badly enough. 10,000 hours, “you can do anything if you put your mind to it”. Brainwashing our kids with a puritan work ethic and celebrity availability error. In saying ability isn’t sufficient we seem to be missing that it is necessary.
Now, I understand Fundamental Attribution Error, and I’ve nothing particularly against NLP, or plain hard work (well, ok, maybe the latter), but I’d really like to see more appreciation for talent. And I say that as someone with hardly any.