The Beatles didn't succeed because of the long hours of practice they put in, writes Andrew Romano. Plenty of other bands had similar experiences and skills, but what set the Beatles apart was arrogance, Romano argues. The band only made it because all four members had enormously overblown egos: "Unlike most of us, they remained arrogant until their ability finally matched their ambition. Arrogance was the reason they abandoned everything but music," Romano writes.
Why outsized ego was The Beatles' secret weapon