Does The Environment Influence Greatness or Is Greatness Passed Down?

What makes a man great? Is it in his blood or is it something that takes years of practice and discipline? The idea of being born a star is debated though. Saul Mcleod, a psychologist from The University of Manchester once said:

Nature is what we think of as pre-wiring and is influenced by genetic inheritance and other biological factors. Nurture is generally taken as the influence of external factors after conception, e.g., the product of exposure, life experiences and learning on an individual.

Some believe it is in the DNA, but would that suggest that one cannot truly be great unless he or she was born to be? Are people like world champion “Lebron James”, an amazing basketball player because of destiny? Or, did James understand at a young age what it really took to be one of the greatest of all time.

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What if he was born in a country where basketball wasn’t available to him. What if he only grew to be 5’3 instead of a towering 6’8? If Lebron was born in a country like Mexico where soccer is the number one sport, would he be a top level soccer player like Cristiano Ronaldo or David Beckham. Or would he not be successful at all?

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On the contrary, Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is an interesting case. He has stated in interviews that he believes his success was a result of his amazing coach and father figure Constantine “Cus” D’Amato imprinting winning tools in his mind that he always took with him. This suggest that “Iron Mike Tyson” was not born great but instead greatness was installed in him by an important figure in his life.

In conclusion, studies on how a person is raised, the environment they are raised in and who they are exposed too has a direct link to how they grow up and, who they will be in life. In my personal opinion, it is both. It takes both nature and nurture to determine who they will be in life. Everyone has a talent and once we figure our talent out we will excel in life its self.

One thought on “Does The Environment Influence Greatness or Is Greatness Passed Down?

  1. I agree with nature and nurture. There are other factors that I have learned of through the science of the zodiac you were born under. The growth human beings experience is a fascinating portion of our spirituality and destiny. God is the greatest. Love.


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