Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I could have been a doctor!

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Quick Sand said...

I don't fully agree with this article. Playing the violin is completely different from being a surgeon. One major difference is the human element.

EQ, or emotional intelligence, plays a major part in our successes. You could be fabulous with equations and measurements, but that doesn't mean you'd be a successful chemistry instructor.

If you lack emotional intelligence, meaning you don't know how to work well with people, you'll find it very hard to succeed in almost any profession no matter how long you study or how hard you practice.

Anonymous said...

This is not a fair question based on what profession you are pursuing. I feel that there are good points to both sides of the coin. In certain professions practice does make perfect and after 20-30 years you are an "expert" (or near close to it) but there are the exceptions and phenoms that take to certain professions like "ducks to the water!"

I work with some very inept individuals that make money in our business based on being at the right place at the right time or just pure dumb luck. While they are not standing models of precision for my industry they still make a decent living and feed their families. And not to be confrontational but some of these individuals have ZERO EQ.

So if I wanted to be a doctor chances would be slim. I dont have the patience for the schooling. I believe that I could be a doctor if I wanted to be, but that has to do with my self esteem and confidence in my abilities. (I am not an ego maniac).

Serg said...

I see one great defect in this research. How is this investigated? How do the researcher know what "amount" of talent and what "amount" of perseverance does a person´s labour life "contains"? I think talent and perseverance are undivisable.

Would have Einstein discover the general and special theories of relativity without the talent to see beyond what human mind believes as possible? Sure not. ANd without perseverance? Not either.

Would have mozart been able to compose his simphony nÂș 40 without talent or perseverance? Definately not. The list could continue forever.

If you want to excel, perseverance without talent is nothing, and talent without perseverance, is nothing either.

But to be an average joe, wich is not bad either, you dont need none of them.


Anonymous said...

I think Reem's argument about inspiration and perspiration, or talent and perseverence, still holds. So don't pick up a career or hobby that you want to excel at unless you're passionate about it. I mean those three 20-year-old violinsts didn't chose the most challenging musical instrument just because their parents wanted them to, or because they saw someone playing it somewhere.

I think that each one of them had invested in that divinely perfect instrument as per her/his capability and degree of passion.

Darwin was a very slow learner, but he had tonnes of patience for a subject that caught his interest and imagination.

I believe that everyone is a born genius. Unfortunately, many die without discovering where they could have made a difference. Parents and educationalists alike have a responsibility to help in that area.