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Born to be great?

Are some people born with an attribute that pre-disposes them to be really good at something.  Are some people born to be great? Is it just some people who have a natural talent or do we all have it?  Do the  chess grand masters or the masters of certain martial arts have a natural talent or can anyone become just as good with a lot of effort and dedication?

Someone once said I didn’t learn to write; I was born to write. Some people do seem to have natural communication skills, that can be in writing or they learn languages more easily than other people. Others have physical attributes that make them good at sports. If someone is physically strong, that might be helpful when they train to become good at a particular sport. They might find it much easier than someone is not naturally as strong. It does seem that a natural ability makes it easier to learn, easier to train or easier to attain greatness or become really good at the chosen pursuit.

We tend to enjoy what we’re good at, so is that an indication of what we are meant to do in life. Is the person who enjoys going out dancing every night, born to be a dancer?  This does seem to be an indication of what we might enjoy spending our lives doing. The person with empathy for other people might be good in a caring profession and become a great doctor, nurse or carer. The person with great coordination might be good at sports or make a great racing driver.

The strengths that people have, can combine to make us good at something. Someone who has good communication skills and enjoys driving, because they have the coordination for it; might make a great writer who writes about driving or a Formula One commentator.

What do you enjoy doing and are you good at it? That could be an indication of what you were born to do. What you’re meant to do in life? Can we tailor our natural abilities to a vocation? There are many caring professions and jobs. Can we choose one that matches our culture and education and get just as much satisfaction from being a child minder as a doctor gets from practising medicine? Should there be more opportunities for people to do what they have a natural inclination towards. The guy who makes models from matchsticks in his spare time could perhaps be encouraged. Should his models go on display in art galleries and be viewed as important, when so much skill and talent has gone into them? Why don’t they go on display in art galleries?

Should more research be done into natural talent so that schools, colleges and universities can identify it and encourage it? Could encouraging people with natural talents give us more great scientists, doctors, artists and musicians?

What do you think? What are you good at? What do you enjoy? Please use the comments box to share your thoughts…

2 Responses

  1. What is more important, talent or practice? Certain people are born with particular talents, while it is also claimed that any child could be a good athlete or musician. Personally, I believe that hard work is essential for everyone to achieve anything,while natural talents would greatly accelerate our progress.
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    January 19, 2013 at 19:13

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      January 19, 2013 at 20:26

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