“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid.”
– Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist
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A major paradox in goal achievement is the premise and practice of working to improve our weaknesses. We often spend too much time focusing on weaknesses at the expense of strengths. Who hasn’t, as a child, had a parent review their report card and make strong suggestions to improve the Ds and Cs toward As and Bs?
Unfortunately, this produces a double-whammy for the student. They usually lack the desire to work on these areas, and this parental feedback fosters their belief in their inadequacy and even stupidity regarding the subject.
Instead of working on our weaknesses, we will achieve much more by playing to our strengths and fanning the flames of a fire that’s already burning.
If fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly, what areas of natural talent and ability can you develop in yourself to realize your own genius?