Originally posted by diskamyl
(I just had to share this. I think this is perfectly true. What I love about chess is the ideology it comes with, which is formed around principles like these.)
The real secret is to work hard
He stressed a number of times during the lecture that there are no miracles in chess.The “real secret” is to work hard no matter what the training tools ar ...[text shortened]... o work hard is unique talent.”
He stresses this point in his book "how life imitates chess" which I thought is a very good read if you are looking for an interesting self-help book. Actually that was my favorite quote from the book, how hard work is a unique talent in itself.
Sure there was Capablanca who supposedly didn't study was more interested in going out on the town. But Alekhine beat him through hard work and preperation, even though ALekhine himself said that he thought Capablanca was still the better player. His hard work and preparation was enough to beat him.
I think hard work can take you very far, surprisingly far actually, in anything. I do believe you need to have some talent to reach the elite status of any discipline, combined with hard work. Fischer also said that he thought without talent you couldn't be great, but working like a dog can get you very good.