Midweek Nudge #60

“There’s something about the rhythm of walking, how, after about an hour and a half, the mind and body can’t help getting in sync.”

— Bjork

Hi there!

Here’s your gentle nudge to make your week more interesting, thoughtful and productive. You can always talk to me more about these ideas by replying to this email.

Do You Have An Aptitude Or An Interest?

There’s always a looming question of the learning curve for most things that we do or at least try to do. How long will I take to master the basics? How fast will I learn? I’ve realised the only interplay here is of aptitude and interest.

Aptitude is when you understand something naturally. It’s quite literally the definition of the word. For example, someone who has visual-first thinking probably has a better aptitude for playing chess. They can see the moves ahead. They don’t have to think.

Interest, on the other hand, is that you enjoy doing something. When you like or want to learn more about something, it’s interesting. For example, someone can want to know more about rocks, or someone can want to learn more about wine.

Now, consider someone who wants to learn the guitar and has anaptitude for tone, rhythm and pitch. In most cases, their learning curve will be shorter. Their aptitude supports their interest which makes the hurdles seem relatively short. They get most things naturally, and their interest quickly paves a way ahead for the things they don’t.

What if you have an interest? Well, then, with the correct attitude, you can still learn the thing. You won’t learn it quickly, but it’s doable.

What about the other way round—when there’s only aptitude? For example, you’re stuck in a job where you have to code. You don’t like it, but you can tolerate it because it’s not as hard for you as it is to someone who lacks the aptitude. You’ll still be okay because you can handle it, although there will be friction.

But, if both aptitude and interest are absent, and if you’re still forcing yourself to do the activity, you’re in trouble. You will probably take a long time to get very average at it, provided you practice consistently. That’s when you start looking for something else to do.

What’s On My Mind?

The idea that the proper habits often help us brave obstacles in life rather quickly. Even if it takes us some time, we eventually get out of most situations thanks to those habits. The hurdles, in turn, strengthen our systems because we kept them going even when life got hard. And on and on, the cycle goes. Discipline is not made in one day.

I hope this added some value to your week. Stay safe, stay inspired, and I’ll talk to you next week.


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