“I know a lot of talented ruins,” says James Baldwin

So do I.

How many times have you heard children–and adults–refer to themselves as “not a math person” or “not a reader”? Children in schools, and society, are often taught that it is their natural talent that dictates what they do in school and with their lives. But it is flatly untrue to think that talent is enough. Here’s a poignant reminder from James Baldwin via Maria Popova at Brainpickings:

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