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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
(for example,
social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job
well-done,
for instance). External sources tend to be transient,
while internal
sources tend to produce more consistent performance.

2. Lack of impulse control. Habitual impulsiveness
gets in
the way of optimal performance. Some people do not bring
their full
intellectual resources to bear on a problem but go with
the first
solution that pops into their heads.

3. Lack of perserverance and perseveration. Some
people give
up too easily, while others are unable to stop even when
the quest
will clearly be fruitless.

4. Using the wrong abilities. People may not be
using the
right abilities for the tasks in which they are engaged.

5. Inability to translate thought into action. Some
people
seem buried in thought. They have good ideas but rarely
seem able
to do anything about them.

6. Lack of product orientation. Some people seem
more concerned
about the process than the result of activity.

7. Inability to complete tasks. For some people
nothing ever
draws to a close. Perhaps it’s fear of what they would do
next
or fear of becoming hopelessly enmeshed in detail.

8. Failure to initiate. Still others are unwilling
or unable
to initiate a project. It may be indecision or fear of
commitment.

9. Fear of failure. People may not reach peak
performance
because they avoid the really important challenges in
life.

10. Procrastination. Some people are unable to act
without
pressure. They may also look for little things to do in
order to
put off the big ones.

11. Misattribution of blame. Some people always
blame themselves
for even the slightest mishap. Some always blame others.

12. Excessive self-pity. Some people spend more
time feeling
sorry for themselves than expending the effort necessary
to overcome
the problem.

13. Excessive dependency. Some people expect others
to do
for them what they ought to be doing themselves.

14. Wallowing in personal difficulties. Some people
let their
personal difficulties interfere grossly with their work.
During
the course of life, one can expect some real joys and some
real
sorrows. Maintaining a proper perspective is often
difficult.

15. Distractibility and lack of concentration. Even
some
very intelligent people have very short attention spans.

16. Spreading oneself too think or too thick.
Undertaking
too many activities may result in none being completed on
time.
Undertaking too few can also result in missed
opportunities and
reduced levels of accomplishment.

17. Inability to delay gratification. Some people
reward
themselves and are rewarded by others for finishing small
tasks,
while avoiding bigger tasks that would earn them larger
rewards.

18. Inability to see the forest for the trees. Some
people
become obsessed with details and are either unwilling or
unable
to see or deal with the larger picture in the projects
they undertake.

19. Lack of balance between critical, analytical
thinking and
creative, synthetic thinking.
It is important for
people to
learn what kind of thinking is expected of them in each
situation.

20. Too little or too much self-confidence. Lack of
self-confidence
can gnaw away at a person’s ability to get things done and

become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Conversely, individuals
with
too much self-confidence may not know when to admit they
are wrong
or in need of self-improvement.

Content from Sternberg, R. (1994). In search of the human mind.
New York: Harcourt Brace.

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