Do you remember when you were young, back in high school or whatever, you start making friends with new people you meet?
Everybody’s strange to each other and everybody’s warming up to each other.
And then there’s that one guy or girl in class, who can run really fast during physical education class.
Everyone’s like, “Wow, that kid can run”.
Then we ask that kid, “Hey where did you learn to run like that?”, and he or she’s like, “Oh nah I never had any kind of training. I’m just fast like that”.
So everyone’s gone bad shit crazy calling that kid a NATURAL.
Worshipping in some form ensues.
And I think that’s complete fucking bullshit.
In life you’re bound to meet a bunch of people who’re called “naturals”.
They’re smart, talented and seem to easily get what they want in life.
They’re naturally awesome in what they do.
It’s almost like they have to put in zero effort for the success they have in life. They don’t need formal training. They don’t need someone to teach them. They don’t need to constant motivation even.
Then the rest of us think we’re inferior.
The natural doesn’t exist
Nothing comes easy in life. You just need to dig deeper.
Fast-running kid who claims to have no training in running: He or she may not be in the track team growing up, but they may have spent a lot of time playing catch at the playground, or where ever. This counts for a lot!
Guy who seems to be good with various, new sports: His body may have been conditioned a lot as he goes to the gym.
Girl who gives inspiring speeches without feeling nervous: Brought up in an open family where everyone encourages each other to speak their minds.
See how that works? See where it always starts?
And then after being praised and receiving accolades of being naturally awesome at whatever, that person would of course continue being awesome in that environment! It’s only natural to feel happy and continue working at it. Hard work never stops, but it definitely feels a lot easier with a positive attitude.
See how a positive mindset, being surrounded by positive people and having an overall positive attitude can help so fucking much in life?
“Whoa, whoa! Alden! What about genes and shit? We were all born different you know.”
Matter of choice then.
As you grow up, you’re going to have your own natural affinities towards something (doesn’t matter what) and it’s up to you to recognize that early and keep going at it.
It’s up to you to choose to follow your heart and do what you want and go be awesome, or listen to others, yield to others’ expectations and follow the crowd, and then continue to struggle and suck at something you aren’t even sure you care for.
How to be naturally good at something:
This is the more accurate way to phrase it.
1) Follow your heart
If you like something or have an interest in something, go explore.
2) If you think you’re good at something
Keep doing it. Don’t stop.
3) Stop listening to others
Only real expectations in life are the ones you create for yourself.
I say it’s also your responsibility to recognize whether you’re a fish, lion, tiger, eagle, baboon, dinosaur or whatever. Then it’s your choice to fly or not. No excuses.
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