Eudaimonia is not a 1-dimensional spectrum
October 22, 2011 1:31 PM Subscribe
How does a generally unintelligent, unmotivated and jaded person transform into one of the "competent elite"?
posted by identitymap to Human Relations (25 answers total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
Most of us have at some point in our lives met people who seem to exude a rare kind of verve (for lack of a better term). These people tend to be both incredibly intelligent and captivatingly charismatic, as the ones who are lack either quality fall into the archetypes of the socially inept nerd and the meathead jock respectively. However, intelligence and charisma don't suffice in adequately identifying this breed. The "competent elite" also tend to be maniacally (albeit not single-mindedly) driven and seem to have retained a childlike curiosity for everything. This is a more detailed
description of the type of person I'm trying to describe.
How would a person for whom curiosity and motivation appear in infrequent, fleeting moments become one of the aforementioned people? I'm not asking for an algorithm here. What environments, activities, texts and people are most conducive to effecting this kind of transformation?