Is it a matter of being the “best and the brightest”?
If we see someone performing better than ourselves, we’re quick to assume that the person must be smarter or naturally more talented. And when this happens, it creates an excuse for us to give up on our goals.
This negative train of thought ( like “I really want to do that, but…” [I’m not talented enough.] ) justifies our inaction.
We can agree that people aren’t born on equal footing. Some of us are probably have a better ability to grasp certain skills naturally. But do you need to be a genius to be successful in a field?