After teaching music for a lengthy period of time we’ve had many preconceived notions fall apart over the years. One of them is the importance of innate ability.
Talent and intelligence are valuable but not as important as we’ve assumed. What is becoming evident is that passion and perseverance are far more valuable in a quest to conquer a long term goal.
Angela Duckworth explains in the linked talk how very import the concept of “Grit” is not just in music but all worthy goals.