New television series on the UK’s Channel 4 around finding people’s ‘hidden potential’. They put ordinary people through a series of diverse tests around physical, mental, sensory and creative skills, in order to discover unknown aptitudes (not just testing traditional school knowledge). In this weeks’ show, the series finale, a young man discovered he had unusually strong capability for language and was then set the challenge of learning Arabic fluently over a 19-week period. Another young woman discovered she was unusually apt at navigation and spatial awareness. Both are now working in fields related to these previously unknown aptitudes—both appeared to be feeling significantly more confident, too!
Wouldn’t it be powerful if we were all ‘tested’ in less traditional aptitudes and helped to discover our hidden inclinations and capabilities earlier in life?