This week we were watching: Vanessa Mae - The Making of me on BBC1. Regrettably - due to the lovely weather we had, yes had - now we're back inside in the evening instead of 'holidaying every evening in our garden - we missed the two earlier programs on Nature or Nurture.
'Famous', talented persons were asked to go through various test to discover (for themselves and for science) what made them 'famous': nature - i.e. talent, or nurture - training, repetition etc. The program caught my eye because of the name Vanessa Mae - when she was a 'popular' classical violist ranking high in the pop-charts I was a big fan of her. I think I even have a cd of her, somewhere in the stack of our collection.
The program started with Vanessa marking on a large piece of paper where she thought 'the making of her' came from: how much nature, how much nurture. She marked 75% nature, 25% nurture.
That moment - without having seen the two other programs - I just knew in the end she would change that mark to more nurture. Why?
Because no matter how much talent you have, given to you by nature (genes etc) if you don't do anything with it (practice, train, repetition, keep going, bust your 'guts' etc) it will never 'make you'.
It is in fact - and since I discovered: Now Discover your strengths from the Gallup Org - depending on:
Nurturing nature's talent.
Vanessa discovered that too during her journey through the various test put in front of her, she discovered a whole lot more about her self than I think she ever held possible these test would do for her. "Aha moments" aplenty.
Yes, life is like a stop/start journey: you think - you discover - you ponder - your realise - you integrate your new realisation into your life and the journey continues. Stop/Start
And that is my metaphor for life for this months WILF groupwriting project over at Middle Zone Musings - I missed out last month, sorry Robert.