Thanks to The Atlantic for including me in such a distinguished group. Here's what I'll be writing about in this blog:
- Genes don't issue fixed instructions for development; rather, they interact with our surroundings so that we can adapt to them. This sounds strange, but it's true.
- Intelligence is not innate; it is a collection of skills that one acquires.
- Talent is not a thing; it's a process.
Putting this all together, one ends up with a whole new view of talent. We are not a world cruelly divided between the innately-gifted and the destined-to-be-mediocre. Rather, every human being is a reservoir of talent waiting to be successfully tapped.
"Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake," declared the 19th century American philosopher William James. "...We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources."
James was right, and now we have the science to prove it. We also have a moral obligation to understand the ramifications of this new talent paradigm as parents, educators, policy-makers, and content-creators.
This is what I'll be exploring in the coming months. I will share the science behind the new talent paradigm, and try to convey how talent-as-process can change the way we see nearly everything.