Every body is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
The labels we place on people can sorely limit them in life. Even our education system forces people into a one-way-fits-all system. One way to learn. One way to test. One way then, to tell if people are smart. Or not.
The greatest example is the IQ test. IQ is very narrow, testing a very limited amount of knowledge, yet it has become the standard by which we label people. Really really smart. Really really dumb. Everyone else fits nicely in between.
But we don’t fit. It’s sad that we try to make people fit.
Richard Branson left school a failure. Given little hope for future success by the people who should have encouraged and empowered him, his teachers, he made his own way in the world.
Most people have heard about his wildly successful, multi-national, Virgin companies. They are just a few of his companies.
He is so successful, the Queen of England Knighted him. I bet his school teachers were very surprised.
Sir Richard Branson, has become a multi-billionaire.
Albert Einstein, who we know as one of the most brilliant minds, in the third grade, could not dress himself. He was nine years old and couldn’t keep his shirt buttoned or tie his own shoes. He received criticism for this; doubtless, his mom did too.
We should not impose our own judgments on people. We will sorely limit a person.
Instead, look for the gold inside. God has created every person with amazing gifts and talents. Dig deep and look hard for the gold in people, encouraging and empowering them to get up and do the things God has planned for them to do.
Don’t put people in a box