Magus Fit Non Nascitur

“Magus Fit Non Nascitur” is exactly the kind of latin phrase I grew up writing, the kind of thing that feels more meaningful written in a dead language than it does in a living one. It’s a paraphrase of a paraphrase, but means roughly “wizards are made, not born.”

In English, it invokes a bit of a paradox: even the most wizardly of all wizards still has to go through the human process of being born. But the Latin implication is stolen from a different quote, meaning nearly the opposite: poeta nascitur non fit. Poets are born, not made. It’s not just the age old debate of nature vs nurture. It’s a more fundamental split in belief, one that we take a strong stance on.

Whether it’s the ancient art of poetry, or philosophy, or even musical genius, it’s far too easy to see someone take naturally to a complex skill or task and assume that they were born for it, as if the intricate balance of inspiration and technique required for any great endeavor comes more easily to some than others. And in the face of real genius, of talent at it’s apex, it’s hard not to ascribe the words magic to that kind of mastery.

But what we don’t see is everything that comes before. The events and circumstances that lead to someone taking to poetry or music or art or any other worthwhile endeavor just a little easier than others. Maybe it was an early exposure to the beauty of written words, or a compliment or feeling of confidence that inspired practice and discipline. But whatever it is, we firmly believe two things—one, mastery is one of the greatest forms of magic, the ability to change reality with words and actions and shape it into something better for all of us. And two, magicians are not born—they are made.

How are they made? Well, typically through the last magical ways. Through slow discipline, small changes, and tiny iterations. Through consistency and courage and discipline. But mostly, through two things—the belief that they can become masters, and through not quitting.

What Does Magus Fit Non Nascitur Mean?

Well, it mostly means that if you too want to join the ranks of those who wield the real-life magic of mastery, you can. Because like all the great poets, artists, writers, musicians, athletes, entrepreneurs, and magicians who have come before you—you’re made, not born. What you do and what you become is up to you and what you make of yourself, not just your natural talents or circumstances. Magus fit non nascitur!

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