when does the passion start?

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19/08/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

When I was a child – about 8 or 9 years old – I played “business” with my neighbour. We pretended we had our own business, did the paperwork, had the meetings and were ever so serious about the endeavour. By the age of 26 I had my own graphic design business – it seemed a no-brainer and a natural progression in my career. Looking back I could see that I was in the business groove from a very young age.

Is that the same for everyone? Will the passion of the child translate into the career or passion of the adult? Was the accountant always good with numbers? Did the vet bring home the neigbourhood waifs and strays? I recall a lad – that I knew in primary school – who used to ride his horse past our suburban house. I remember he was exceptionally kind to animals as a child. This lad ended up as a zookeeper at the Auckland Zoo, and is still there 20 years later.

I know that my love of art started at a very young age. Nature or nurture it was there and ingrained and watered and I never lost the passion. Can you look back and see something you did when you were a child that translates into you the adult? I wonder if anyone has done a study on this? Might make a good thesis!


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