“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 quote is often attributed to Albert Einstein.

Have you ever felt that you didn’t measure up because you couldn’t meet your parents, teachers, or society’s expectations? Maybe you weren’t looking at the right measurements. What would you have used as your benchmark instead?

It can start early with baby development milestones, followed by the ability to read or count, then academically in school, your physical motor skills, and later in life often by how much money you make.

In the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, he talked about how 40% of elite ice hockey players were born in January, February, or March. Since students were recruited from schools at a young age, there would be a significant advantage if you were older in the school year as you would be more physically developed. If you were born in the last quarter of the year, you might have doubted your ability since you were compared to someone more developed.

I love this quote because everyone is a genius in their own way. It’s up to us to find out what kind of genius that is. Some know what they are good at from childhood and it sometimes takes some of us longer but the search is well worth the while.

Where are you a genius?