Life is a process of learning, but many people seem to have a ‘gift’, an unlearned talent they were born with – mine is an ability to identify and fix computer problems, something I just ‘do’, never having been taught.
Do you have a ‘gift’, and how does it manifest?
I challenge the notion that anyone is born with any sort of specific talent.
It seems we are all born with the ability to do just about anything.
History, family, circumstance, culture, chance and a modicum of choice all contribute to the things that take our fancy and become our interests, passions and talents.
For me, it has been around learning how things work, and fixing things that don’t work as well as they could, or at all.
That has taken me from things like farm machinery, horse tackle, fishing boats and gear, through things like radios, buildings, cars, motorcycles, computers, biology, physics and wider systems (ecology, evolution, explorations of possibility space,laws, cultures, ways of thinking).
It seems we are all infinitely creative beings, and all of us are more interested in some things than other things.
For me, my thirst for knowledge and understanding, and an almost obsessive compulsive need to optimise things, and get the most out of things, has lead me to question many of the assumptions underlying our key social institutions.
If I have a gift, it is in seeking out technologies and techniques to support every human being in exploring their own potential in a manner of their own choice, with as much security as possible.