I’ve always been fascinated by very intelligent, gifted people. I’m a hard worker and reasonably talented scientist, but nothing ever comes easy to me, my modest success so far has been a combination of perseverance, grit and luck. Studying hard to pass exams has been a necessity at university. This came as a huge shock to me initially, because in high school I’ve been considered gifted and everything was so easy without studying, so 17-year old me had gotten used to the assumption that successful people are innately talented. I almost gave up university when I suddenly was in a world where actual hard work was the minimum requirement for my success. I thought “well obviously I’m not as gifted, talented and smart as I thought, and thus not cut out to be a scientist.” It took me years to learn that “having talent” is not a fixture somebody is born with, it’s the result of dedication and hard work. What is your experience with this topic? Are you gifted? A hard worker? Both? Did you go to a gifted program in your school? I didn’t because it would have required me to change school. Did it ever hinder your personal growth to be considered gifted because you avoided anything that you weren’t innately good at? My impression is that people look down on somebody like me who is “just a hard worker” compared to somebody who seems innately oh-so-talented (as I was in high school).