There's an awesome interview here where he discusses his anti-blank slate philosophy. He thinks that our successes are based not on our natural intelligence but instead on our ability to push through challenges and master the intellectual aspects of the game. These are some of his money quotes:
- "The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity."
- "I have found that people at the highest levels of quality in virtually all pursuits are somewhat unusual minds-and their 'brilliance' has usually evolved from working with their natural strengths."
- "Growth only really comes at the point of resistance, but that is the moment that we tend to stop. Because it hurts. Whether we are confronting our psychological foibles or our physiological limits, it is much easier to turn back from the challenge than to push through the discomfort."