Earlier this year, I noticed that I kept hearing people discuss hobbies they were interested in but decided not to pursue because they felt like they were past their peak. This even though they were activities they were interested in for fun!
Time and again I’d hear people will say things like “if I was going to be good at this, I would know it already.”
I started thinking about the topic and seeing tie-ins everywhere: posts about people learning to pitch even though they don’t have the ligament structure that would’ve developed if they started when they were kids, articles on language acquisition, and so forth. And I started thinking about the whole “women in tech” movement, and how people say it is very difficult for women, minorities, etc. to get involved in computer programming, which I always thought was strange since it’s something you can learn to do in your basement without ever needing to come in contact with an actual person. Also I was reading the Sports Gene and realized even people who do things “right” but are born with the wrong attributes never succeed at the top levels anyway, so it seems silly to follow their model for people who never cared about being world champions.
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