You know this moment in teenage TV shows when the characters get back their SAT scores and "find out" which ones of them are smart? In such shows there is always a character who never studies, always skips class, gets horrible grades, but then magically gets an amazing SAT score. Then there is also the nerdy type who studies all the time, always gets straight As, but who does much worse at the SAT exam. I hate this idea of intelligence as something that just happens. The implication is that there is no need to work on your intellect. If you are born smart, then eventually it will come out. If you aren't born smart, then you should just let it go.
It isn't easy to get my students to give up on the myth of "natural" intellectual capacities, which is very strange given the incredible amount of work they do to get their high grades. They still want to believe in the existence of this mythical "talent" that flourishes all on its own. I believe in artistic talent (maybe because it's something completely incomprehensible to me), but in academic matters there is just a lot of hard work and nothing else. You work, you get results. If you work a lot, sometimes you get results that on the surface look like "talent." But I personally find it pretty annoying when people tell me "Oh, you are just talented in this area" or "You must be naturally gifted in this particular field." Such comments disqualify all of the work and effort I invest in order to get published or finish the dissertation or prepare a talk for a conference.