If, in the nineteen-nineties, you were lucky enough to have both a high (computing) IQ and an interest in technology, there was a lot of opportunity for success.

In continuation from yesterday, what, if anything, is the relationship between the subjects in which we are interested and our aptitudes? Does an inherent skill for music cause one to be fascinated by it?  Are these two aspects like seats on a tandem, or are they separate?

In my experience, obsessions emerge and fade in fairly significant ways. As a child, I spent all my free time drawing and painting and said I would be an artist.  I had an obvious aptitude for visual arts, as well as a strong interest in them. But, by the time I was college age, my interest had faded and been replaced by a fascination with fashion.  Both those creative interests were eventually replaced by my current desire to write.  Did I lose interest in those activities because they were no longer the correct medium for expressing a message?

Aside from the arts, which at least have a lot of overlap, the other huge obsession of my life has emerged to be languages.  This interest, however, didn’t show up until I was 28.  It wasn’t for lack of exposure; I had foreign language classes from the age of ten on through leaving high school. And, at the time, I would not have identified myself as having a special aptitude for languages, though now I think I might: or I might just have an obsession.

(Level of interest   x   confidence) / (timing in zeitgeist) = success

That’s my new formula. And I’m observing that aptitudes and interests are not definitively linked.  Moreover, interests change without clear causes. And the ability to become obsessed with a subject is clearly a requirement for success, and just as clearly not an aspect of typically measured intelligences.

It makes sense that confidence can be supported, developed, or learned.  But how does one learn to be obsessively interested? 

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Posted by:Brook DeLorme

5 replies on “Timing Top of Zeitgeist Market with Obsessive Interest

  1. I use yoga postures like head stand and shoulder stand and few other breathing and focusing technuques and it works. I care more, I am into it more, and I live more in the present.
    Also, I don’t think any equation is or ever will do justice to the word or meaning or better yet feeling of success.
    I hope all is well with or without equations…

    1. Obviously my *techniques have failed me this day…also I hope all is well with you with or without equations :)

      P.S. Perhaps you think about adding an edit option in the comment section. That way I could avoid talking to myself below your writing.

      1. Breathing and focusing always help me too — Thank you! (as to comment editing, it’s wordpress.com that I use for blog hosting…so when they add the tool I expect it will just automatically show up here!)


  2. I don’t think you learn to be obsessively interested in something. I think if you try too hard it would probably backfire.

    But maybe, you can plan for it. Maybe, when a context presents itself, if you are in the right place at the right time, obsessive interest chooses you.

    And maybe, the true litmus test for being obsessively interested is when it stops being about failure or success.

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