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Man in a hurry with a heart

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Thomas Gainsborough shared a number of unusual traits with high achievers in Britain. Perhaps the government might find them worth looking at?

He liked to play truant from school - in his case so he could wander in the country and sketch.

He became an apprentice.

His mother encouraged him.

He was helped by Brits who founded academies, schools and societies, such as the Royal Society and the Royal Academy, to teach and share ideas.

He far exceeded the outlier standard of 10,000 hours of practice.

He was never satisfied with what he achieved and worked fiercely to improve.

He had a heart.

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