I believe in seeking excellence and I set high standards for myself in many aspects of my life. Not, I will admit, in domestic order and dusting! I also believe in inclusion and this means setting the bar as low as possible. I want the people in my life to have opportunity to grow, flourish and become excellent. No one can already be brilliant at all the things, so space for people who are not so good is important. Often, I also need to seek that space for me. There are many things in which I am a novice, or that I find inherently difficult.
What kinds of things make for minimum entry requirements? Showing up. Being enthusiastic. Caring. Trying. Aspiring to do better. Wanting to learn. Not being an asshat. These are the key things, from my perspective.
A person who starts out from here, will contribute meaningfully. Even if said person is never brilliant, if they bring care and enthusiasm, they will enrich any space they participate in.
We can put too much emphasis on innate talent and natural ability. Not everyone has those, and anyone who does will eventually hit the limit of what they can do with it. Willingness to try is much more valuable for the longer term. People who are not naturally gifted but who are willing to try can become just as brilliant as people who had an easy start. Sometimes, it is the grafters who will turn out to be the best – the naturally gifted folk can fall by the wayside when they no longer find things easy.