I recently wrote an article on my blog discussing this and I wonder what you all think.
I browse language forums and read a few language blogs and it’s clear that many people - although it’s a niche - want to be a polyglots. I think it’s easy to see the accomplishments of others and then want to do the same. However, it takes hard-work and dedication; something that polyglots have because of how much they love languages.
(I’m not saying that only polyglots work hard and have dedication, just that it comes easier to them because of their obsessive passion)
I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing a few polyglots and I’ve noticed that none of them planned to be polyglots. It just kinda happened.
Aiming to be a polyglot I think sets yourself up for failure; and can stop you from feeling proud of what you have accomplished.
What do you all think? Is wanting to be a polyglot a misdirected dream?
PS: you can read the article I wrote earlier here if you want.
I’m look forward to all your great responses!