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(14) Sarah, May 22, 2009 9:44 PM

Effort - Not Talent

This is why parents should praise their children's "efforts" instead of just saying how smart they are. Children who only rely on their "smarts" alone will most likely face frustration one day and possibly give up, but those who have learned to rely on their own efforts will pull through when the need arises.

(13) Anonymous, May 21, 2009 5:31 AM

a little of this and a little of that

A child blessed with a quick mind may be able to pick up pieces of knowledge without much effort, but he does not develop the skills of good study habits. Eventually the "quick study" will attain a level which requires effort on his/her part in order to forge ahead. Without proper study habits this becomes a frustrating experience and the later in life the gifted child meets this challenge the goal may become insurmountable. Accomplishments are achieved through a combination of effort and self-esteem -believing in oneself. That is nature. Above it all is ratzon Hashem. There were incidents when Hashem hid previously known information because that was his wish. When Hashem deems it best for an individual to succeed that individual may experience an unprecedented goal. or, an individual who would be judged supremely capable may fail because that is what Hashem views as best for him/her at that point in their life. Failure can bring forth a strength of character in some that success will never create.

(12) Leila, May 20, 2009 4:43 PM

Thank you for reminding me

Thank you so much Rabbi Yaakov Salomon, for reminding me to work hard and practice, as sometimes we get comfortable in our levels of success because they are effortless. But imagine with a bit more practice what can be done.. Thank you. Ms. Leila K.

(11) Yossi, May 20, 2009 9:49 AM


Every human being possesses infinite potential. Of course in this material plane, G-d issues us with a history, a set of circumstances, strengths and weaknesses, and expects us to use these as springboards to serve him. He also gave us free will (our Yetzer Tov at 13) and expects us to use this as best we can -- we makes mistakes, we repent and learn from them, and he re-writes our story. The true genius of every human that lives and that has ever lived will only come through the teshuvah that precedes the era of Moshiach. Immediately to teshuvah. Immediately to redemption.

(10) Joel Català, May 20, 2009 9:19 AM

Only morality is really in our hands

Wealth or health do not depend on our effort, but on Providence, only in the field of morality we can eventually manage to rise to the level of a tzadik.

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