I started loving mathematics ever since my freshman year in High School, and I was even considered one of the brightest students in class because I normally studied ahead the others (they'd be in one chapter, and I'd be a chapter or two ahead.) Now that I'm in college, my Precalculus professor gave me a taste of what the world of mathematics is like at the university level, and it wasn't pretty. Still, even though I'm thinking of majoring in Business or Chemistry, I'm thinking of challenging myself and to aim for a master's or a PhD in mathematics. My question is: does it take special talent to earn a master's or a PhD in Mathematics? Does it take a lot more than just motivation and taking all the possible mathematics courses out there (Real/Complex Analysis, Number Theory, Ordinary/Partial Differential Equations, etc.?) And finally, is it true that in order to earn a PhD, I'll have to make some sort of special mathematical discovery?