Artistic8.com there is this picture. I like the advice! I think that talents are a bit overrated, nowadays. Interests, on the other hand, are extremely powerful. As Ed Deci and Richard Ryan and their colleagues have demonstrated, people are intrinsically motivated when they do activities that interest them, that provide them spontaneous pleasure or enjoyment and do not require external rewards. When intrinsically motivated, people are engrossed in the activity, and they are not easily distracted. The initiative is theirs and they persist for long periods. Furthermore, when we are intrinsically motivated we learn better at the conceptual level.
Another interesting things is that interest never has to dry up. It continuously develops and changes in surprising ways and directions. This is so because, as we acquire knowledge, new questions and curiosity emerge. Also, a great advantage of focusing on things we find really interesting it is that is easier and more pleasurable to persist doing them. The work of Anders Ericsson and colleagues has shown how important continued deliberate practice for becoming really good at something. I think this continued practice can only be accomplished when we have a great interest in the activity. Carol Dweck may have said it best when she wrote: "We all have interests that can blossom into abilities."