1. Work

    Talent helps.
    But mostly you just have to work at something. You have to put the hours in.
    You have to learn your craft. You have to do your investment years.
    In those years you put in more than you get out.

    These are not easy years. Nor should they be. Self-doubt in one seat. Dumb optimism in the other. And along the way, sucking in all that crazy, beautiful brilliant knowhow.
    Yes, talent helps.

    But talent is only really the ability to work at something until you are its master.