A short conversation with my friend’s dad made me think about this….
Most of it is really quite easily understood so I’ll just explain some of the key things:-
The difference between Mental and Intellectual Capacity
The former really refers to discipline. One has to have a high level of this to keep on going to complete any difficult task, really. This becomes especially true in the face of obstacles.
Intellectual capacity refers to how much knowledge you have and how much of that you can translate into real application. For instance, anyone can add a million sets of numbers but the guy who knows how to use a calculator will be able to do it faster than the guy who does it on pen and paper. And the guy who knows how to do it on excel would probably be able to do faster than the pen and paper guy. (and the guy who knows how to build an excel, would be rich. Oops. Someone’s already done that.)
Passion – The reserve energy bank not everyone has.
Ever wondered how come some people can work tirelessly at certain tasks and never seem to lose an ounce of enthusiasm? It’s passion. You don’t need it to function but if you have it, it’s like…well…being in love. Everything suddenly seems worth doing, the sun shines brighter and the world becomes yours. All yours.
Body – The forgotten limit
A lot of people overlook this. I’ve been overlooking this too but no matter how focused the mind is, the body has a limit. (heard of the saying, “The mind is willing but the body is not”?) Well, you’ve got to condition the body to be able to last longer and remain more focused. Unfortunately, the only way to do that is through physical exercise. No excuses.