“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.” – Albert Einstein

Positive Quote: “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.” – Albert Einstein

This quote reminds me of some of the Dr. Seuss books. I can visually imagine a blue or red fish trying to climb a tree. There is something one can learn from most anything, especially quotes and thoughts of others.

It has me wondering, am I judging others or assuming that others should be able to do things that maybe they have not been trained to understand? Do I set reasonable, attainable goals for my team?

I believe the best way to avoid this type of thinking, is to get to know your team and those around you. Look for the strengths in the day to day. What topics do they get animated discussing? What type of work do they dig into and perhaps stay late or devote more time to getting it just right? What do they like best about their current role and what would they change if they could? These types of discussions can be stilted at first, until you are more comfortable with having them.

As you can see, this quote has my brain moving. I will choose to find the positive, while using empathy and kindness when coaching on the areas of opportunity.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a tremendous Thursday.

Priscilla

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One thought on ““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.” – Albert Einstein

  1. I think about this a lot as an educator. My students don’t arrive in my class equally equipped and capable. So it’s important that I provide all of them with an avenue for success. Now, they don’t all make it down that path, but they are given the opportunity.

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