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    Have you ever known someone who is brilliant, tops in their field, expert, accomplished and absolutely hated what they did?
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt View Post
    Have you ever known someone who is brilliant, tops in their field, expert, accomplished and absolutely hated what they did?
    Yes. (Not perhaps tops in her field - not many people can be - but certainly very accomplished, a cut above the rest.)
    Got tired of it all, and dropped it to do something worthwhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sun of sand View Post
    i dont believe in this "natural" stuff at all
    Ive known some good athletes that i knew could be better

    but they quit and always quit even if becoming great is something they had always wanted
    I lived that and had the opportunity to move to the next level. What you are not factoring in here are the sacrifices it takes to get there and competing interests.

    Most people's interests are not monolithic or fixed, when the cost gets too high for one interest, priorities change.

    Quote Originally Posted by sun of sand View Post
    look at the recent youtube clip of basketball star rookie tyreke evans swinging a club
    or barkley

    both are great basketball players
    youd think someone with that much "natural" athletic ability could at least hit the ball
    but he cant...not in numerous attempts
    evans has no idea how to even swing the club
    even stand in a way that will allow him to make the purposeful swing he doesn't know how to make
    hit the ball? with any direction? years of solid practice away

    theyre specialists

    evans more so than barkley
    Or they just don't care about golf.

    I'm with them.

    For me the only redeeming value I can see in golf is as a public drinking venue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt View Post
    Have you ever known someone who is brilliant, tops in their field, expert, accomplished and absolutely hated what they did?
    My daughter-in-law has essentially competed her PHD program in Molecular Biology, she is marking time there for the next few months to wait for my son to finish his Bachelors so they can graduate together.

    A month or so ago she was wondering out loud if she wanted to stay in science.

    My Daughter is at Colorado School of Mines, they offer nothing but engineering programs. She got a 1/2 ride scholarship there by scoring highest in the state in science in Academic Decathlon.

    She's doing well.

    Her engineering degree will probably just be a stepping stone to a career as a chef or politician.
    Mark Barendt, Ignacio, CO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt View Post
    Have you ever known someone who is brilliant, tops in their field, expert, accomplished and absolutely hated what they did?
    It is definitely not unusual, in today's halls of academia, to excel in every measure but nevertheless dread going to work because of the combative climate.
    "Only dead fish follow the stream"

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