Barenaked Buxom Babes

According to some neurologists, decision-making is primarily emotional. This contention has been making the rounds for some time, and your decision to read this blog post was probably swayed by its title. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Where the emotions lead, we follow.

However, I’m due a rant on this topic. Just because we are swayed by our emotions does not give us licence to abdicate sense, reason and logic in all things. I’m sure the motivational quote by St. Exupéry making the rounds on the Internet – the one about how you can only build a seaworthy craft by making people long for the ocean – is very nice and all, but without a person on your team with a rudimentary grasp of engineering you won’t get very far.

In fact, if you put a bunch of motivational speakers with no shipbuilding know-how on a beach and told them to get across the ocean, they would most likely fail, and fail spectacularly.

We have turned into a culture in which the most important thing is to never change your mind, to always believe in yourself and to maintain your chosen course in spite of indications that you should rethink it. Basically, we have done away with realism and common sense.

Everyone can be an olympic athlete, a Nobel prize-winning scientist, a state leader, a supermodel, a test pilot… All you have to do is believe in yourself.

Horseshit.

Yes, Henry Ford personally bankrupted himself 42 times before founding Ford Industries. Yes, Leonardo Da Vinci painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Neither was the result of pure willpower, but by the unique combination of ability AND willpower. I cannot stress this enough. If all you have is blind faith in what you WANT to be good at, you are not only wasting your time on something that will most likely bring you heartache and disappointment, you may never discover your real talent.

Because, at the risk of sounding like a gosh-darn structuralist, I believe everyone harbours a special tendency, ability, gift or potential that just begs to be fulfilled. Most of us waste our lives on something else, because we’re too emotionally invested in something we would LIKE to be good at.

And we choose our sides, we pick our paths, we apply ourselves and deal with the fallout.

I would like to make the following suggestion to everyone who thinks all you need is willpower and tenacity:

Know Yourself.

If you don’t know yourself, how can you know what you would be good at, or happy doing?

True happiness is found by knowing yourself, knowing why you make the decisions you make and what makes you tick. Use your brain. Think. Of course you need drive and determination, but you don’t want to end up like a dog that finally catches a car, do you?

Or, to quote Einstein, one of the most mis-quoted men of history: “I do not feel compelled to believe that the same god who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forego their use.”

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