What do you like to do?

Hearing other people’s points of view is a luxury. It expands our minds. It also helps us to define our own points of view.

Let’s take the topic, “determining what we like to do,” for example. Do you cross country ski, relish crossword puzzles or just love running the show? If so, is it because you seem to be good at these things, or is it because you were exposed to them by parents or others at an early age? I’ve always thought it was both, and you may agree, but much of what I’ve read lately has me questioning my thinking – and that’s a good thing. We all need to be challenged. The challenge to my thinking is a simple notion that wherever the impetus to do things comes from (others or innate skills) the reason you do them is because you have gotten used to doing them. They have become habitual.  If it is that simple then it stands to reason you might be able to try other things… become better at them and develop new habits. That is growth.

Maybe the female rugby player can become an art enthusiast. Maybe the tech executive can become an 8th grade Spanish teacher. Maybe the 80-year-old engineer who is a wiz with a slide ruler can pivot to using of latest analytical tools on the planet and develop a new love for what she likes to do.

Are you cutting yourself short?