The curse of the gifted

“See, we’ve seen the curse of the gifted before. Some of us were those kids in college. We learned the hard way that the bill always comes due — the scale of the problems always increases to a point where your native talent alone doesn’t cut it any more. The smarter you are, the longer it takes to hit that crunch point — and the harder the adjustment when you finally do. And we can see that *you*, poor damn genius that you are, are cruising for a serious bruising.”

– Eric S. Raymond to Linus Torvalds in his essay “The curse of the gifted programmer”

(Full text here – http://lwn.net/2000/0824/a/esr-sharing.php3)

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