Imagine a child gifted with a superb ear for music. This child should have access to musical instruments of all kinds and be exposed to concerts. Perhaps this child should also be exposed to interesting ideas that are somehow connected to numbers based on the fact that often people with a gift for music have another kind of gift for numbers.
But let's say that this child gets slotted into the ordinary school system and is expected to learn by rote all those things most of us learn, and does not do very well. Perhaps the child is dyslexic, or perhaps the child has ADHD. However it works, the child does poorly at school and as the years pass, by the time our little individual reaches puberty, he/she is fully convinced that he is anything but intelligent. His self-esteem is way down at the wrong end of the continuum, and it is fully possible that from this point forward becoming successful at anything becomes progressively harder and harder, not to mention the fact that happiness becomes more and more elusive. Einstein wrote: 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.
While I realize that my example is one-sided and extreme, I nevertheless would encourage everyone - whether parents. or individuals who feel they are not good at anything - to re-examine areas of study and life that have not been fully explored. We truly are all geniuses, and we don't all fit into expected patterns, and it is therefore up to us (if we are already adults) to discover where our particular genius could blossom.
Image: Mudskipper (fish) climbing a tree
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