Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Are YOU smarter than a 5th grader?
The other day I was watching someone who I consider to be much smarter than me struggle...helplessly...with a computer issue. It was really a fairly simple one. This person was using Excel to make a graph. Or trying to, anyway. I am self-taught at Excel. And pretty darn good at it if I say so myself. And was feeling superior.
And then it occurred to me. I was comparing this "smarter" person's skill set with my own. Excel? Pshaw! I got it down. Linux? HUH? Never in a million years. And I'm currently (trying to) learn Photoshop. It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. But give this Excel-challenged person an engine or a carbuerator to dissasemble and repair...he's your guy.
A friend posted a quote from Albert Einstein on their Facebook profile. It said something like everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will fail dismally. And if that fish's persepective on its intelligence is based around its tree climbing ability, it will think itself stupid.
So change your perspective. You may be a whiz at cooking, sewing, grammar...but feel "less than" because you can't figure out a formula for Excel. Or you may be a gear head and mechanical things light your fire, but feel as if you are dumb because a simple email program confounds you. It's not a matter of smarter THAN...it's a matter of perspective. We're all in this together. Let's make sure we have each other's back. In the end, that's what will matter.