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 But, by the time I was college age, my interest had faded and been replaced by a fascination with fashion.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?