In one experiment, researchers gave two groups to listen to the same music recording and asked them to rate the quality of the performance. But one group was told that the performer was a natural-born talent, and the other group was told that the performer had worked long and hard to achieve the right level of skill. Which group had higher ratings for the same recording?
In another experiment, researchers gave two groups a listen to a one-minute presentation by an entrepreneur and asked them to rate the likelihood of success of his startup. Again, one group was told that this was a person who had shown early entrepreneurial talent, and the other group was told that the speaker had taken a long time to build up his experience. Which group estimated the likelihood of success of the same startup higher?
In both cases, higher scores were given to groups that were told that the speaker had talent from the beginning, not as a result of hard work. At first, this seems paradoxical. Then, if you think about it, it turns out that it is - because each of us subconsciously tries to identify with the main character of the beautiful success story. And so want to get this success for free - suddenly the talent has manifested itself, and not a long and hard work to achieve something.
That's probably why all the stories about entrepreneurship are polished to beautiful tales of overnight success - because people want to hear such tales. And that's another reason not to believe any of them. And yet another reason to make them up.