Can we do anything that we want to do, that is humanly possible, if we put our minds to it?In order for anyone to be able to do anything they set their minds to you'd have to believe we are all created equal and that just isn't the case.
Anything they set their minds to, if they wanted to do it…
The wanting to do it reduces the number of tests for the proposition.
“Can anyone do anything they put their minds to?”
Clearly not. Because a 90-year old woman with osteoporosis is never going to be able to run the 100m in less than 10 seconds.
Equally, a super-fit male Jamaican sprinter is unlikely to have the delicacy and sensitivity of touch required for fine needle-point work.
But it’s all irrelevant, because the lady is no more interested in sprinting than the Jamaican is interested in needle-point.
So they can’t be examples used to test the proposition, because they would never occur in RL.
As you say, we would require everyone to be created physically and mentally equal, if we were to allow that anyone can do anything…
…But because we’re only looking to survive, “…can do anything they might want to do…”, we don’t require homogeneity.
Which is helpful… Since no-one is an identical genetic copy of anyone else.
Not yet, anyways…
That doesn't mean that we shouldn't encourage people to become the best they can be at things they are interested in. In my mind people should always follow their passions. However, if you believe you can do anything as long as you work hard enough you will be setting yourself up for failure...also if you think all it takes is hard work and desire you're view of others who don't work as hard as you and achieve more will be quite jaded. When we see people who can run faster, think better, learn faster we should look at them with admiration rather an than contempt.
In my Experience…
The harder you have to work at doing something, the more likely it is that you are doing it wrong.
You know you are doing it right, when it becomes really easy to do.
All this propaganda about “working hard” to “achieve your dreams”, is just a layover from Colonial Protestantism.
It’s just an attempt to get everyone working hard, and *NOT* achieving their dreams.
Anyone who dreams of working hard needs to see a therapist.
If you really, really, *REALLY* enjoy physically tough, monotonous and ultimately futile activities, then it isn’t going to be “work” for you: it’s going to be fun! You’ll do it even if you’re not getting paid! Hell, you’d pay to go somewhere they’ll let you do it..!
But if you think that just putting endless hours of your Life into activities that you do not find fulfilling or rewarding; that you don’t get paid anywhere near enough to do, given how much you hate fucking doing it; and which ultimately crushes your Soul’s opportunity to enjoy this Life, is a way of “achieving your dreams”…
…Then you are the victim of Cult brainwashing.
Holyman’s Toppest Tip for Personal Happiness and Professional Success:
*ALWAYS* follow the Line of Least Resistance. Whatever the *EASIEST* thing to do, is the thing you should be doing.
But you have to be honest about “Easy”.
Having to bow and scrape in order to obtain the materials you need to survive, is not always easy. Filling out endless Government Welfare forms, and hopping between queues and desks to get your claims approved… Not always easy.
Unless it *IS* easy for you. In which case: that’s *EXACTLY* what you should be doing.
College/University can require hard work.
…If you are stupid enough to pick a subject that you don’t find easy. (But frankly, if you do, that should be an automatic fail for your Intellectual Prowess…)
But even if there is some work to be done in Higher Education, it’ll make Life easier for you later in Life.Possibly.
Unless University looks too much like hard work.
In which case: you won’t learn anything; you’ll probably fail; and you’ll be wasting everyone’s Time, including your own.
And your future earnings certainly won’t be based on your Academic Performance.
Easy is all about money, isn’t it..?
Easiest way to make Life easy, is to acquire a whole bunch of cash, isn’t it..?Apparently not.
“According to Research”… Once your income goes above a certain level (c. $100k p.a.), your happiness starts to decline… Because your Life comes to be increasingly defined and therefore dominated by your financial position.
Below, say, $25,000 p.a., and Life can be a struggle, unless you are *REALLY* careful. The higher above that you go, the less of a struggle things get to be. But once you are reliably earning more money than you need to meet all your immediate existential requirements, any surplus money needs… Thinking about.
The concept of “Lifestyle” comes into play and substitutes for “Life”.
And maintaining a particular brand of “Lifestyle”… Can be hard work… Can take the Fun out of Life.
So money only eases up to a certain point; beyond which it provides only diminishing returns.
I don’t think “putting your mind” to something is the same as working hard.
I think it’s more about Mental and Temporal Focus.
How effective are we at keeping our minds focused on whatever we are doing?
Can we identify a correlation between our mental focus on the Task At Hand, and our success rates for the many tasks we undertake?
If we are “Present”, and our minds remain fully and totally focused on whatever activity we are engaged in, our chances of a successful outcome are considerably increased.
I have found to be the case, in my Experience.