‘Thursday Thoughts’: If we judge a fish…

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“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.”

― Albert Einstein

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!

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9 thoughts on “‘Thursday Thoughts’: If we judge a fish…

    • Thanks for your comment! And I agree, if we focused on our own abilities rather then feeling inadequate then others might start to see our strengths too.

  1. Yes, insightful find Aida. I am all for recognizing the different learning styles and talents.

    You are right on point in that children should be encouraged instead of demanding perfection at everything. Unfortunately, if perfection is emphasized, people have a tendency to avoid taking risks. They do not want to make mistakes–when trying, failing, and then learning from our mistakes is a valuable part of the learning process.

    Great topic for a Thursday discussion!

    • Thanks, I appreciate it! I agree with you about having to take risks and trying new things and if they don’t work then its a way to learn from it and move on. Its important to try new things but also be encouraged and encourage others to excel at what they are already good at and not feel that if you can’t do something else then you are not worthy.

      Thanks for your comment, I always look forward to reading your thoughts!

  2. My youth was spent overcoming this exact way of thinking. It took me many years to get past the limiting beliefs of others and to realize my own worth. Really insightful! Will check back again next Thursday!

    • Thanks for your comment and I’m glad you thought so! I think especially when we are younger we feel very limited and inadequate because of the way other people might make us feel or if we are unable to do something that someone else might. It is important to teach people that everyone is good at different things and we shouldn’t judge anyone on what they can’t do but instead on what they can.

      • That’s true I think part of growing up is shedding other people’s limiting beliefs about us but unfortunately many times it never happens or only partially happens. Great topic!

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