You lost me when you started talking about IQ tests, as if they’re some some sort of absolute…
Steve Lafler

But doctors DO need to know how to learn, understand and process a lot of information. Someone who can’t do that can’t treat you effectively. Would you want a physician saying, “Sorry about the fact that your mom died, but I didn’t really know how to help her. I thought it was stomach flu because I couldn’t remember the symptoms of appendicitis. Whoops! Did I mention that I really love being a doctor?”

I don’t think she was telling people to lower their expectations, but rather to refine them. For example, I love to bake, but I will never be an award-winning pastry chef. I’m good with kids but as much as I love the li’l rascals I know I don’t have the aptitude to be a teacher. I like gardening but I do not have what it takes to become a skilled landscape architect.

So I do those things for fun and personal enjoyment rather than tell myself that I should totally go back to school because it would be AWESOME to do them professionally.

And I absolutely agree about the writing part, having made a living at it for more than 30 years now. A lot of people THINK they could be writers but don’t want to put in the work that’s necessary — just as people think they want to, say, open cupcake shops because they like to bake once or twice a month. It takes more than enthusiasm to make a living at something. That’s not elitist. That’s reality.