“Everyone 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.”. ~~~Einstein.
Nature teaches us that every single creature made by God has its thriving place. The cacti flourishes in the dry, arid desert whereas the water-leaf plant known as a weed in the humid tropics would die off in the same environment before it even gets the chance to sprout.
If you place a monkey in the forest, it would thrill you with its acrobatic stunts but that same monkey will swim with less dexterity if it overcomes its fear of water long enough to even attempt swimming.
While I do not agree that everyone can be a genius (probably because not everyone will be able to put in the amount of work and thought it requires to be exceptional), I firmly believe that each person can be known for ingenuity in specific field(s).
There are courses of study that are better suited to certain groups of individuals than for others. There are also work environments better suited to each individual. Some individuals love to work with numbers and machines while certain others prefer to persuade people and sell ideas to them.
I, for example, studied Pure and Applied Chemistry in the university and it was a hellish experience. I totally hate any concept that is too abstract to be applied in everyday life. How can I apply Helmholtz principle when preparing a meal for my family or how does the chirality of organic compounds translate to better relations with my colleagues at work?
Yet, I feel excited when studying Sigmund Freud’s theory of Psychosexual stages of development. It intrigues me to study human behavior and find ways to help each individual maximize potential. I may be terribly shy some times, but if you place me in a crowd and ask me to teach them a topic I love, you would think I am an extrovert.
Yet there are many others who find my interests boring and distasteful, to say the least.
Everyone has a place. Instead of struggling in a job you hate, discover your passions and begin to find avenues to exercise those passions professionally. Take career tests (you can find several online or in HR consulting firms) if you do not know what you are best suited for.
Guide your children to choose courses of study based on their natural abilities instead of hiring mercenaries to write entrance examinations for them. If your first degree was whacked, get professional qualifications and certifications.
Whatever you do, do what you love. There’s a genius in you and I await your manifestation!
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