Skills Versus Traits - Clint Burt

Skills Versus Traits: You Can’t Teach Tall

What do I mean by Skills versus Traits? Nineteen Seventies Matinee Stars Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds (for you kids out there they were the George Cloney (too old?), Brand Pitt (still too old?), Ryan Gosling (Still too old?), Sunny Pawar (what? 8 years old too young?)) early in their careers were sitting in a Hollywood Studio waiting room to find out if they got the part. In walks the casting director and he says to Burt Reynolds, "You didn't get the part because you can't act. " He then turned to Clint and said, "You didn't get the part either because your Adam's Apple is too big." As the casting director left the room, Reynolds laughed hysterically to which Eastwood said, "What's so funny?" Burt Reynolds replied, "I can learn to act!" Acting is a Skill. Adam's apples are a Trait. Skills Versus Traits. You can learn a skill. You can't learn or unlearn a trait. You can teach someone to make a free throw in basketball. You can't teach a 5'1" basketball player to be 6 feet tall. Those are physical traits. Very visible and easily identified. Personality traits are just as difficult to change and yet not quite as visible. All of us...