It seems at the elite level of fields like science or athletics you need both a strong innate talent combined with a strong work ethic and a desire to participate. But is anyone exceptionally talented at something, but has no desire to actually do anything with it?
I’ve known people who never exercised and ate shitty diets, but could still out compete most people at marathons. With their natural talent they could probably compete on a national or global scale if they wanted, but they had no desire.
Or pee wee Kirkland who held his own against Dr. J in a street basketball game, but felt he could get more money and fame outside the NBA.
What about people who could’ve changed math or science, have there been any real life will huntings who turned down the field for various reasons?