Friday, November 22, 2013

Like to do and good at doing

It is a traditionally discussed matter.

We have something we like to do. Someone like to play sports. Others like to learn history. Another person may like to play the piano, but he perhaps do not like to read a novel. A matter like to do is quite various in each person.

Thus, some people say we should do the thing we do like.

On the other hand, it is also true we have our own advantages. Someone is good at writing. Another speaks well. You may be a strong Judo warrior, meanwhile you cannot swim. The strength is also various.

Then, which should be more focused, especially to choose our job? There are lots of opinions about this question.

In my opinion, I recommend you to refer to the thing you are good at, not like to do, at least in the initial setting. I agree with Mr. Tetsuyuki Ohishi, a Japanese nomad writer.

In Japanese proverb, "Mitsugo no tamashii hyaku made."[As the boy, so the man.] Generally speaking, it is true. Indeed, both the thing you like and the thing you are good at seem to be eternal. However, there is a critical difference between them. When you feel that you really like something, it is an emotion you have. Emotion is a strong flow of the human mind, but unfortunately, sometimes vulnerable. In contrast, if you are good at doing something, it is a characteristic of you. Character includes physical or genetic factors to some extent. They are quite lasting.

Therefore, if you choose a job that you really like to do, you would perhaps change to dislike to do it. Instead, when you choose a job that you are good at, there is low risk for you to change to bad at this.

It is one more thing you should remember. You can know what do you like. But you cannot know what are you good at. Whether you are good at a thing or not is evaluated by someone else. The reason is that the advantage is a relative concept. For example, even if you feel you are not a good engineer, when no one is superior to you, the employer would hire you at a large amount of the fee.

Like or dislike is absolute and subjective standard. Only you can decide the matter. In contrast, you cannot see what is the advantage of you.

After all, I recommend you to try many things. Never try, never gain. Thinking produces nothing about this matter. When you get a good appraisal, it may be your mission, even if you dislike it.

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