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Aptitude is another essential component of the Neoteric success formula and like the other components it applies to both professional and organizational success. This week’s blog focuses on how aptitude contributes to your professional success.
A common question that I was asked as a child and that many of us ask children is “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
This question allows kids to share their dreams; their responses show no fear and no limitations. They do not say “I could never do that” – kids want to be astronauts, police officers, grocery store clerks, nurses, doctors, hairdressers, princesses, etc. As a child we often heard or we tell kids “you can be anything you want to be!” This is only true to a limited extent due to our aptitude.
The key word in this response is “want” – it is not “you can be anything you are smart enough to be” or “you can be anything if you know the right people”, etc. A better response may be “you can be anything you have the aptitude to be!” There are no limitations on the Vision that children have but at some point as we develop self-awareness and start to compare ourselves to others we seem to lose our vision and we may put limitations on ourselves as we realize what our aptitudes are.
It is at this point that we start to become aware of our aptitude.
Aptitude is different than an interest. An interest:
Interest without aptitude is a hobby, and aptitude without interest is an underutilized talent.
Aptitude with interest is a great contributor to success.
Stay tuned for an upcoming blog on how organizational aptitude can influence business profits and return on investment.