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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
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
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
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

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

10. Procrastination. Some people are unable to act
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.
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. Even
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
opportunities and
reduced levels of accomplishment.

17. Inability to delay gratification. Some people
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. Some
become obsessed with details and are either unwilling or
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

20. Too little or too much self-confidence. Lack of
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
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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