What's More Important: Talent or Dumb Luck?

posted by Sarah Jacobs -

Do you have those moments where you wonder how all these IDIOTS are making a fortune doing things like YouTube pranks or even being your boss . . . meanwhile you're SO much smarter and have, like, $17 in the bank? 

A new study has an answer.

Researchers at the University of Catania in Italy studied people over 40 years to find the connection between brains and talent . . . and financial success.

And they found that the smartest and most talented people are NEVER the ones who make the most money.  Literally NEVER.

So how do less talented or intelligent people rise higher?  Two words.  Quote, "Pure luck."

The researchers say, quote, "Some degree of talent is necessary to be successful in life, [but] almost never do the most talented people reach the highest peaks of success, being overtaken by mediocre but sensibly luckier individuals."

So what can you do about it?  Sadly, not much.  Just keep on plugging away at what you're good at . . . and hope you finally catch that break. 

I have a hard time believing that this is true. I really believe that hard work and discipline will make you win out over talent OR dumb luck in the long run. You might not be the richest guy in the neighborhood, but so what? That's not how you should be defining 'success' anyway. 

 [Inc.]