So this week I spent about four days working on a programming issue for a customer. I was totally stuck on how to program a specific feature. Now, I’m a pretty good programmer; I’m probably ten times better than most of the programmers who do what I do. But after a few more days of spinning my wheels, I finally called a friend of mine who solved my problem in two hours while he was watching television.

He’s probably ten times smarter than me when it comes to this stuff.

So this got me thinking. How could there be such a large discrepancy between computer engineers?

The truth is, I will never be as good a programmer as my friend. I can study more, practice, and even learn new methods and technologies. But it’s not going to help. I am what I am.

I’m convinced that people have limits on what they can do and what they can accomplish.

My friend operates on a completely different plane. His potential seems to be much higher than mine. The question is, why?

I like basketball, but even if I practiced everyday, with the best coaches in the NBA, I would never be as good as Kobe. I wouldn’t even be as good as the worst player in the NBA.

There’s a lot of really good basketball players out there, but only one Kobe. He got an extra helping in the basketball talent arena. He was born with it. The difference between star and superstar is innate talent. Without this natural ability, a person will never excel into the stratosphere.

My friend’s programming ability goes way beyond normal learning and talent. He has a gift. Just like Kobe.

My parents were not computer geeks, and neither were his, yet we both have the programming gene. Where did it come from? It certainly can’t be genetics. I’m convinced that divine gifts really do exist.

How else do you explain an 8-year-old who can play a piano like this.

Contrary to what his mother says, no kid could learn to play like this from taking lessons or watching YouTube. He’s born with it. It’s a divine gift from the invisible man in the sky.

I’m definitely a science over religion guy, but when it comes to amazingly talented people, where genetics can’t possibly explain their unique abilities, I have to wonder if it’s the work of God.

On the other hand, it might be space aliens who tired of performing anal probes and decided to bestow random people with great ability and aptitude just for shits and giggles.

Written by stevemargolis

10 Comments

TheRealSheldonCooper

I am the smartest person on this blog right now and I agree with you. It’s called the ‘spark of creativity’ or the ‘spark of genius’. It is that extra little bit of something that makes people stand out amongst the crowd. Not like Penny or Wolowitz. They are average.

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TheRealSheldonCooper's Mother

Shelly, your intelligence comes from Jesus Christ, and as always I am praying for you and the little brown boy.

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Keri

Some abilities run in families like you mentioned, but there is no way to explain how children end up with abilities that their parents don’t have, makes you wonder about intelligent design, doesn’t it?

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JCMaurer

After watching the video of the kid in the mall, there is no way he learned that ability. That is something you are born with. No doubt in my mind. 🙂

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TooManyDogs

I am not big on religion either, but these amazing natural abilities must stem from somewhere. It certainly points to intelligent design!

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MikeL

It does make you wonder where talent comes from. Some is definitely genetic, but the other? Twilight Zone maybe.

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Stewie11

Quite right fat man. Innate talent will only get you so far. It’s that little extra something that makes you the best at what you do. For me, that extra little something is nitro glycerin.

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