“Everybody 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.”
This weeks ‘THURSDAY THOUGHTS’ is a quote by Albert Einstein, Although we can’t really credit him for saying this one as their is no evidence to prove he did, it has be used by educators and people for decades. With that being said, I couldn’t agree more with this quote, it teaches us not to judge people but most importantly that it is inappropriate to judge someone or and animal on focusing on the skills they don’t possess rather then on what skills and success they do. For this quote specifically understanding that a fish specialises in swimming superbly for long distances and not climbing a tree which is non-existent in this context shows that the skill lies within its ability to swim and therefore should be praised for that.
The central point of this quotation is that every individual should be aloud to pursue their strengths, if they are good at one thing more than another they should pride themselves on that one thing and make it the best that they can and in doing so their weaknesses should be overpowered. We all have the ability to grow and accomplish what we set out to, we should believe we are capable of something and put all our energies into what we know we can do and not what we can’t otherwise we would miss out . Not every person or animal for that matter will be good at the same things, we are all different and unique and should support one another in achieving our and their full potential. Children should be taught from a young age that it is okay not to be perfect at everything and if you are not good at something in particular then it doest make you stupid. Find that one thing and make the most out of it and create something stronger and greater then anything you could have imagined and then you are on the right path.
With that being said, some are great athletes, great writers, great musicians, great academics but the one thing they all have in common is they took the skills they knew they were great at and created something positive from it and didn’t let any weaknesses get it their way. Focusing on one strong skill can be much more effective then trying to succeed at a few average ones.
Just because someone isn’t skilled in one area, doesn’t mean they aren’t skilled in another. Let me know your thoughts!