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1. Lack of motivation.
A talent is irrelevant if a person
is not motivated to use it. Motivation may be external
social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job
for instance). External sources tend to be transient,
sources tend to produce more consistent performance.
2. Lack of impulse control.
the way of optimal performance. Some people do not bring
intellectual resources to bear on a problem but go with
solution that pops into their heads.
3. Lack of perserverance and perseveration.
up too easily, while others are unable to stop even when
will clearly be fruitless.
4. Using the wrong abilities.
People may not be
right abilities for the tasks in which they are engaged.
5. Inability to translate thought into action.
seem buried in thought. They have good ideas but rarely
to do anything about them.
6. Lack of product orientation.
Some people seem
about the process than the result of activity.
7. Inability to complete tasks.
For some people
draws to a close. Perhaps it’s fear of what they would do
or fear of becoming hopelessly enmeshed in detail.
8. Failure to initiate.
Still others are unwilling
to initiate a project. It may be indecision or fear of
9. Fear of failure.
People may not reach peak
because they avoid the really important challenges in
Some people are unable to act
pressure. They may also look for little things to do in
put off the big ones.
11. Misattribution of blame.
Some people always
for even the slightest mishap. Some always blame others.
12. Excessive self-pity.
Some people spend more
sorry for themselves than expending the effort necessary
13. Excessive dependency.
Some people expect others
for them what they ought to be doing themselves.
14. Wallowing in personal difficulties.
personal difficulties interfere grossly with their work.
the course of life, one can expect some real joys and some
sorrows. Maintaining a proper perspective is often
15. Distractibility and lack of concentration.
very intelligent people have very short attention spans.
16. Spreading oneself too think or too thick.
too many activities may result in none being completed on
Undertaking too few can also result in missed
reduced levels of accomplishment.
17. Inability to delay gratification.
themselves and are rewarded by others for finishing small
while avoiding bigger tasks that would earn them larger
18. Inability to see the forest for the trees.
become obsessed with details and are either unwilling or
to see or deal with the larger picture in the projects
19. Lack of balance between critical, analytical
creative, synthetic thinking.
It is important for
learn what kind of thinking is expected of them in each
20. Too little or too much self-confidence.
can gnaw away at a person’s ability to get things done and
become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Conversely, individuals
too much self-confidence may not know when to admit they
or in need of self-improvement.Content from Sternberg, R. (1994). In search of the
New York: Harcourt Brace.