Oh, I personally do believe talent does play some part in success.
Yeah, most of us take an interest in something and then work hard and go from there. BUT, I think we take an interest in things we already have some talent for.
And then what do we define as success? I mean there are the extremes, top rungs of the ladder for their skills like for instance Mozart and Beethoven for piano, Gates, Joy for computer programming, Gretzky and Lemieux for hockey and the list could go on....
Now if you just take the average Joe off the street and have them put in 10,000 hours of study, do you think you can make or mold someone into a Mozart? into a Gates, into a Gretzky? I personally dont think so. I think you can certainly improve their skill set that will enable them to have some success in that endeavor though.
But just because they might not get to the top echilon of success, are they not successful?