What is easy for you is often difficult for other people, and vice-versa

Have you ever noticed that there are things that you do very well that you pick up instantly that people struggle with? When you see that, you may wonder, how could anyone struggle with this.


Then there are the people that instantly manage to pick up on the things that you struggle with. At times you will wonder how they managed to learn something and gain skills so quickly, making you wonder – how did they do it? For them such a task was effortless, like they just “knew” and they did not show any signs of struggle.


I have always wondered why:

  1. They see something that you managed to overlook. This may mean that they found an insight that you might not know. In essence, information asymmetry that has led to an advantage.
  2. The way they think about problems is different and they managed to find a way to solve problems that is unique to them.
  3. Experience and work ethic certainly play a role. Sometimes this is underrated, and yes, you do have to work at many skills in order to gain some degree of competency. In other cases however, there does seem to be a tendency to insist that hard work can overcome anything (not true either, especially if you do the wrong thing).
  4. Sometimes natural talent: It is the least common reason. This is especially true for physical activities such as sports, but I find too many people attribute natural talent to things that more careful thought could have explained.

The other thing I realize is that the more you know about something, the more you recognize your strengths, weaknesses, and overcome the Dunning-Kruger effect.


For you the question is why? What did they do that caused them to do so well? Why are they doing something better than you?


It is only after you start with the question why that you can begin the process of getting better yourself.


I will be exploring ideas for learning more effectively in my future posts.

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