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Nature vs. Nurture

Photo credit: “Infant Hand And Mother Hand” by Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot Photo credit: “Infant Hand And Mother Hand” by Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot

Happy Mother’s Day! Research has shown that becoming a mother literally changes your brain. A 2010 NIH study compared brain-scan images of women before and after they gave birth and showed that the size of gray matter in mothers’ brains increased shortly after childbirth. Even more interesting was that the amount of growth seemed to directly correlate to the mother’s enthusiasm and affection for her child at birth. What remains unclear though, is whether the experience changed the brain, or if the brain changed the experience.

This nature vs. nurture argument is also evident in entrepreneurship. In his book 6 Secrets to Startup Success, author John Bradberry contends that entrepreneurs literally fall in love with their companies and that such powerful emotion can actually alter their personalities. He argues that in some instances, the path of entrepreneurship doesn’t change people so much as reveal their true selves. Despite what nature may have dealt you, research also shows that success as an entrepreneur is the culmination of both physiology and hard work. We share strong core strengths- vision, drive and a passionate, opportunistic outlook. This month, appreciate and nurture your innate natural talents and abilities with the arsenal of insights and skills you’ve acquired over your lifetime.

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