Friday, October 19, 2007

Love before Aptitude

I am trying to investigate the relationship between being interested in something, enough to pursue it, and being good at it.

It is kind of like the same principle as liking a dress because you know this particular style will look good on you.

Are we ever so fiercely interested in something we are terrible at? Does being good at something make you like it more? Does liking something make you good at it?

True, you dont always know whether or not you are good at something unless you try it, but lets say you have tried it and you are terrible at it. Will you still love it for bigger reasons than yourself?

I say that these two things are inextricably tied to one another. But what of the poor fool who does something they are terrible at relative to other people in the field but still holds on to some idealisic love?


  1. A professor once told me that sometimes a person must come to the realization that they are just not cut out to study or do whatever they are studying or doing, regardless of how much they love it. Then you have to find another way to do what you love to do. It also doesn't work if you don't love what you are doing and studying but have the aptitude for it. Unfortunately that is the grim reality of life.

  2. ouch purgatorius, are you sure? that is maximally depressing.

  3. But isnt it possible to become good at something because you love it so much? Because you are willing to be persistent and keep trying?

  4. Yes, it was harsh but I think he wanted me to hear the good and bad side of graduate school and not be surprise or completely shocked when these things happen.