Is it talent or skill?
Determining which asset is more important for ophthalmologists
One respondent made a comment that seemed to resonate with most of the others: “I can recognize talent because I teach young ophthalmology residents and fellows. Some of them learn more readily because they have a gift or talent in an area, while some of them have a better work ethic. Some go faster than others, but they all get there eventually: whether they become superlative is a function of effort.”
They did agree that while having talent is wonderful, it is not sufficient. They considered themselves and their fellow ophthalmologists, who, in their opinions were very successful, to have unusually strong work ethics.
Another ophthalmologist offered this perspective that seemed to enjoy wide support: “Our field is disproportionately populated by people willing to spend the time to develop our skills to the highest level and we are inspired to do so by others. We are spurred on by failures because our own standards are so high.”