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“No one’s born being good at things. You become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice.”

–President Obama, in his “back-to-school” speech to kids today. The President’s rallying cry reminded us of wisdom divvied out by Fortune‘s Geoff Colvin in his book, Talent is Overrated. There–and in his Guest Post on Postcards–Geoff details how exceptionally successful people got that way not by innate talent, but rather, by working really hard.

“The truth is, being successful is hard,” Obama told students today and left them with a higher calling. “If you quit on school,” he said, “you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.” –Jessica Shambora