I've been reading about gamification and habit loops. Gamification is created by a set of requirements to satisfy a goal and a reward for meeting those requirements(which can be seen as a form of validation). I'm curious about the correlation between people who are incredibly successful at what they do by putting in long hours and how the habit of practicing long hours could be created via validation? Games as many people know are addicting and use rewards as a sense of validation and I personally know a world class dancer and saw his career since he began and did notice when he started he got more praise for being talented than other dancers at the same stage in their careers. I'm wondering if validation can be a key factor in creating long last habits and practices?