Nature vs. nurture. You’re either born with it, or you’re not. You either have it or you don’t.
Some think you’re born with skills like creativity, analytical thinking, and the ability to be an entrepreneur, and if you weren’t, well, too bad, you can’t learn them.
I completely disagree.
I think you can learn anything if you really want to.
I know people who were creative movie set designers who became analytical investment bankers. Once-timid software engineers who became outgoing sales people. Corporate lifers who became entrepreneurs.
I think the whole left brain / right brain phenomenon is BS.
I do believe that some people are more inclined toward creative or analytical roles. I think some have the personality that makes a better sales person or marketer. I think everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.
But I also believe that anyone can learn any skill, and they’re only limited to whatever they limit themselves to.
Sure, the learning curve in acquiring a new skill might be steep.
Someone who has been an interior designer for years won’t have an easy time learning computer programming, and vice versa. The learning process will absolutely suck.
It doesn’t mean it can’t be done, and it doesn’t mean that your “brain doesn’t work that way” if you’re not good at it in the beginning.
There’s no doubt you’re going to suck at anything to start.
But keep at something, and you can learn anything.
I think the quote “You either have it, or you don’t” should be changed to “You either have it, or you need to work to have it.”
What do you think? Have you acquire skills that you didn’t think you could? I’d love to hear your story.
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This is day 38 of my experiment to blog for 30 consecutive days.