You arrive on this planet with innate gifts and challenges. Your aptitudes come as part of the package of “you.” If you’re like most people, you’ve spent a fair amount of time focusing and working on your weaknesses and taken some of your strengths for granted.
Leveraging your natural aptitudes, assuming you also enjoy those areas, can yield substantiative benefits and greater satisfaction more readily than spending endless hours attempting to improve trouble spots. Stretching yourself feels good but it can feel phenomenal when it aligns with your gifts and preferences.
Aptitudes differ from skills. You carry aptitudes as immutable characteristics whereas you develop skills. For example, while I have some musical aptitude, I no longer have the skills I once did when I practiced playing my cello. Undeveloped aptitudes represent unrealized potential.
You can learn skills which don’t come naturally to you through a combination of the right learning approach for you and persistence. I once tutored someone getting an F in Calculus who ended up with an A and a good working understanding of the material by keying into the way he learned. Sometimes a specific goal forces you to endure unpleasant lessons or even entire courses (can you say quantum mechanics?), particularly if you require a specific degree for the career you envision. However, without a larger context driving such effort, some pursuits may not be worth the investment since you could receive a bigger payout with less effort in an area with greater personal resonance and aptitude.
If you can afford it, I recommend you hire professionals to perform tasks in areas of low aptitude or enjoyment. In my case, employing a tax accountant, a financial advisor, and a housecleaner frees me to focus on what calls me at a soul level. If you can’t afford to hire someone, see if you can get free help such as tax advice at your local library or by trading some skill or gift you have with others with differing aptitudes and skills.
Do you tend to focus on what comes naturally to you or on what doesn’t? Where do you get the greatest payoff?