Psychologists and sociologists have long argued which is the more important factor in human development – nature or nurture – and what is the relative weight of each factor?
A similar argument takes place among those who study leadership – are leaders born or made, and what is the relative weight of each factor?
Those are interesting academic questions but largely irrelevant for you and me as individuals.
You cannot change the genetic makeup (the nature) you were born with.
You cannot change the experiences (the nurture – or lack of nurture) you were raised with.
The only thing that matters to you and me for our future success and happiness is what we decide to do with what we were born with and the experiences we were raised with.
You cannot simultaneously see yourself as a victim of your past and as the creator of your future. You can look backward to nature and nurture, or you can look forward to choice.
Which direction will you choose to look? That is one of the most important choices you will ever make.
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Everyday Courage for Extraordinary Times