Paul Graham writing about great work and genius in The Bus Ticket Theory of Genius:
(…) the most exciting implication of the bus ticket theory is that it suggests ways to encourage great work. If the recipe for genius is simply natural ability plus hard work, all we can do is hope we have a lot of ability, and work as hard as we can. But if interest is a critical ingredient in genius, we may be able, by cultivating interest, to cultivate genius.
As most things Paul Graham writes, it’s worth reading the whole article.