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Sheeraz Ullah


12 illusions of effortlessness

We often witness individuals easily comprehend and perform extraordinary tasks. While some credit may be due to inherent intelligence, many other factors contribute. Here are ten worth pondering:


    1. Natural Talent

    Individuals with natural talent or aptitude in a specific area may appear to perform at a high level with little visible effort. Savants and naturally gifted individuals can make tasks seem flawless.

    2. Optimal Skill Stack

    A well-rounded set of complementary skills often called a skill stack, can make someone appear excellent at something. For example, a good data scientist possesses coding, statistics, business acumen, project management, and stakeholder management skills.

    3. Experience

    Accumulated experience in a particular field can make tasks appear effortless as individuals have gained knowledge, strategies, and efficiency through practice and repetition.

    4. Learning

    Continuous learning and acquiring knowledge allow individuals to tackle tasks more efficiently over time, making their efforts seem effortless.

    5. Trial and Error

    The willingness to experiment, make mistakes, and learn from them can lead to refined techniques and approaches, ultimately making tasks appear easier than they actually are.

    6. Belief in an outcome

    A strong belief in achieving a desired outcome can fuel motivation and determination, making the effort seem less daunting and more effortless.

    7. Confidence

    Possessing self-assurance and belief in one's abilities can contribute to the smooth and effortless execution of tasks.

    8. Ability to manage emotions

    Effective emotional management, such as staying calm under pressure or handling stress effectively, can make tasks appear effortless as an individual.

    9. Good mentors

    Receiving guidance and advice from experienced mentors can accelerate learning, provide valuable insights, and help individuals navigate challenges more quickly, making their progress seem effortless.

    10. Team

    We are often only good as the people that support us. Let's take politicians, these leaders and figure heads standing alone with roaring oratory. But behind is the well-crafted image: public relationship experts, image consultants, persuasion experts, etc.

    11. Risk

    People are often risk-takers who tend to make more good bets than wrong bets. People don't see all the failures they just see you at the end of the race.

    12. Luck

    People often find blind luck and coincidence working their favour. However, most people won't admit it. They get luck breaks that were unintended but inviting.

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