Absolutely everybody has at least one thing they really enjoy and are good at. I am convinced of this.
But we have a problem, as a planet and as societies. So often, these skills go unused.
And yet they are so diverse and so potentially life-changing.
I love reading, writing, learning about history, languages, philosophy and how societies work. I have been able to speak in a national parliament and be on TV. I have been really, really lucky.
My brother doesn’t like learning about those things, but give him a change to learn more about how to make Hobbit houses on Minecraft or create intricate cardboard replicas of World War Two planes, and he will invest a lot of time, energy and brain space in getting it perfect. He can draw to a level that has won him many art contests and gained him an enviable playground reputation (he sells the WWII planes and comic drawings to his school friends, for instance). But his difficulties with school work and tests mean that art school can’t happen for him, and he is at a loss as to what he should do when school finishes.
We all have things we like to do and things we like to learn more about. But we can’t always do anything with them.
But what do our skills have to do with anything? Especially the things I blog about? Continue reading The Power of Potential