In his new book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell makes the case that opportunities and practice determine success. No doubt luck plays a part in success. And you'll get no argument from me regarding the need for lots of practice. But, Gladwell, greatly underestimates the role that innate talent plays in success. Mozart surely did practice a lot, but he was also very talented. The Beatles practiced quite a but during their Hamburg days, but John Lennon and Paul McCartney were also very talented songwriters. Talent is an important component. The talented make better use of their practice time and will be more successful, and hence more motivated, in their practice. Just ask this kid.