Gosh, I like the Wall Street Journal a lot. I like this piece, too -
No You Can't: "Is genius a simple matter of hard work? Not a chance"
I like the whole piece, except I disagree with the conclusions.
You'd need a certain baseline to be able to do the kind of work or craft you want to do. Enough to understand the discipline. But that's not such a high bar.
If you can understand the discipline, then, is it possible to make incremental progress every single week? Could you tighten your fundamentals, study related disciplines for synergy and crossover, and experiment on the hardest problems every single week?
Strategist Dictum 1: Do things for reasons.
So, what is this is absurd strategist nonsense I'm always going on about?
Reflecting today on the nature of the world, I believe I have come to the core tenet of strategy. The one from which all other tenets flow, the quintessential, alpha-omega principle of strategy, which is -
Do things for reasons.