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People are amazing

The human body is capable of amazing things, physically and mentally. When both are working on the same level, you are capable of doing something that you haven’t thought you would ever be capable of. But are some jobs, projects or amazing sport activities not only for some gifted ones? And why are we doing this actually?

Sigmund Freud said that everything you do springs from two motives: the sex urge and de desire to be great. John Dewy, one of America’s most profound philosophers, phrased it a bit differently. Dr. Dewy said that the deepest urge in human nature is ’the desire to be important’.

And this is exactly where we are different from animals. The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
Would a dog care about winning a ribbon on a dog show, not at all but his boss will proudly place all trophies somewhere visible.

But how much does it takes to be appreciated beyond your own imagination?
In the book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field.

The most fascinating point of the study of Gladwell: There were no “naturally gifted” performers, if natural talent had played a role, we would expect some of the “naturals” to float to the top of the elite level with fewer practice hours than everyone else. But the data showed otherwise. The psychologists found a direct statistical relationship between hours of practice and achievement. No shortcuts. No naturals.

So yes, we can train everything and personally I think the best is starting with the body. Training for something, a marathon or a new sport like surfing, will make you feel stronger and give you confidence. The mental part will follow accordingly at least if there are not too many distractions from outside.

Afterwards it’s just a matter of putting in the hours…. So let’s go for it, and feel important!