Wrestling with poor performance on high school math, the teenager sulkily tells me, "I'm just not smart!" "Ugh!" I think - somehow the system has convinced him that what makes "smart," or "not smart" is equivalent to his grades on Algebra tests. Poor grades in math = not smart.
How many others of us out there write ourselves off as "not smart" because we don't fit the typical definitions? Who says if we don't have aptitudes in things physics, chemistry, engineering, standardized testing, or typical school learning we're not smart? Unfortunately, though, we, and our kids, conclude, "I'm not smart." How sad.
Believing all of us are 10's somewhere, might we begin to start broadening and communicating our understanding of "smart?" Where else might we be "smart?" and even "smarter" than most? How about some of these?
Mechanically Smart: You are adept at understanding how things work, putting them together, figuring out how parts integrate, adjust or manipulate to work best.
Socially Smart: You navigate the arena or people and can smartly put people at ease in interactions, converse with people you just met quite comfortably, or even remember their names!
Relationally Smart: You can connect deeply and authentically with people and develop long-term friendships or family relationships. People may confide in you and reach out to you when they need help, guidance or just a good listener.
Business Smart: You know how to create ways to make a profit, organize a company and create opportunities in a market.
Artistically Smart: You have an eye for patterns, colors, and creative design that appeal to others aesthetically and you can create an environment based on your "eye" for that.
Musically Smart: You can discern, create or produce good music and have an "ear" for sounds that please, inspire or create a certain mood.
Spiritually Smart: You can discern the voice of God and His way of life and can serve the world through your well-balanced, cared for soul and spiritually wise example.
Social Media Smart: You know how to communicate, interact and build a network through social media. You might even teach others how to do so.
Heart Smart: You caringly and compassionately feel the pain of others and want to do something to relieve their pain or their problems.
Those are just a few.... Any fit you? Your kids? Your employees? SO HERE THE MESSAGE: YES, U R SMART! And as you direct your education, your energies, your self-image and as you overcome your hurdles and inhibitions to utilize your real intelligence, the world will become a better place. You will become a better you. A smarter you.
Don't let the system tell you or someone you love "you're not smart!"
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