Geniuses are not born but made. One must has passion to achieve greatness for effort is the road to mastery, not a sign of weakness.We’d often shift direction in life when we realize we’re not good at something.
In Mindset, Carol Dweck describes having a growth mindset will grant us limitless potential if we acknowledge the virtue of hard work. In her book, one example illustrates that Michael Jordan was rejected from his high school and college teams, then he was rejected again by the NBA. He eventually became the best basketball player in the world because his passion carried him to greatness.
Passion, as some believes, is born, but to some’s opinion, it is developed. My theory is based on the fact that passion is determined in our infancy based on our parents’ unconscious behaviors and natural physical attributes. If one were born in a tall family, athletic related exercises were likely be encouraged. If one were born in an artistic family, creative expressions were likely be praised. Such praise, or positive psychological development in our infancy, enforces an unconscious emotion that ultimately dictates what we as adults later on would relate to as “passion.”
Sometimes, parents do something that don’t seem constructive to a child at one point, but ultimately proves advantageous in some area of expertise or another. For example, if one is born poor, money would become a strong motivator when he grows up. Or if you’re born in a family where everyone loves babies, then making others happy would dictate all your future thinking processes and behaviors, and effectively, your passion may lead to charity, forming a band or becoming a dancer. It is an unconscious passion. They follow their passion early, practice it early, receives better training early, and achieves more early,
Many prodiges didn’t start this way, however, but they achieve greatness regardless with hard work and dedication as Malcolm Gladwell would summarize “10,000 hours is the magic number for mastery.” Natural talents inherently have passions to do what they excel in doing, but they may not always do it for the “right” kind of passion such as pleasing parents, society, or for fame. When the passion is tied to self importance, the drive is usually not as strong as those who commit their lives for the needs of the many.
Those who has the capacity to achieve greatly with little to no effort at a young age is often vulnerable to the concept of mistakes. Because to him/her, effort is a sign of weakness that promises no potentiality in achieving greatness. I’ve now come to believe otherwise. Hard work, as many psychology experts and researchers would agree, is the and the only ingredient to achieve greatness. To combine my earlier note on the subject, the fuel, the passion will exist on what dictates our early childhood’s unconscious associations to happiness and fulfillment.
But we should always remember that we must not ever stop in life because there isn’t such a thing as success or a break. There’s only you keep doing what you believe in that which would make the world a better place. Don’t do your best and hope for the best. Just do your best.