Aptitudes

Nature vs Nurture in Education and Career

Nature vs Nurture in Education and Career

The debate between nature vs nurture in education and career is not well understood. Conventional wisdom touted by our daily media heavily favors nurture; better schools and advanced education for all is considered the yellow brick road to solve many of our nation’s problems. But, let’s play Dorothy and peek behind the curtain to see […]

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Spatial Ability: Can You See in 3D?

Spatial Ability: Can You See in 3D?

Spatial Ability: What it takes to be a maverick scientist In Olympic running sports, it’s obvious that world-class sprinters and distance runners are born with different body types.  Sprinters have mesomorph or muscular upper bodies and strong legs that consist of 90% sprint muscle fiber for explosive speed at short distances. Distance runners are born […]

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What is Spatial Ability, Do I Have It or Not?

What is Spatial Ability, Do I Have It or Not?

What is Spatial Ability? Do You Have It or Not? Cracking the Talent Code, Part 1 Greg is a bright and likable guy who worked his way into a large, prestigious law firm. He despised the job but made due, the money was really good. After a decade of grinding along he started to flame […]

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Natural Talent vs Learned Skill: Part 1

Natural Talent vs Learned Skill: Part 1

To understand the natural talent vs learned skill debate, look at the animal kingdom. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever instinct to retrieve is so strong that they literally moan with boredom if you don’t take them out to do their daily work. Without training, my Chessie was retrieving at eight weeks old. Her innate or “raw […]

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Find Your Element

Introduction to Natural Talents Can’t seem to find your element? How do you nail down what you’re best at and decide what career path to choose? For a playful introduction to the concept of natural talent, I recommend this video animation by Ken Robinson and RSA. Robinson’s recent book, Finding Your Element, irreverently questions the current […]

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Natural Talent vs Hard Work

Natural Talent vs. Hard Work In the debate between natural talent vs hard work, which side do you think is winning? Worldwide, the majority of our fellow humans go through their whole education, career and life working very hard. Yet, only about 13% feel like they’re reaching their potential, the vast majority are disengaged, bored […]

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Why didn’t I learn about my aptitudes in school?

Why didn’t I learn about my aptitudes in school?

Why didn’t I learn about my aptitudes in school? Most schools in the United States (including universities and colleges) do not view students as having unique aptitudes and talents. The long-standing model for education is that each student is a “blank slate” waiting to be imprinted with knowledge and skills. In other words, it is […]

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Change Your Career

Change Your Career

Are you ready to design and change your career? Transitioning or moving in a new direction? Few things are as daunting as a career change. But with the right tools and career design coaching, changing careers can be a rewarding process. Whether you are mismatched with your current career, looking for a new challenge, starting […]

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