“Oh my god, she’s so stupid!” My friend yells at the top of her lungs. I wasn’t really sure what she was talking about – or who, for that matter – but after hearing that, and the class discussion I had with my college professor, I start thinking about our society’s definition of ‘stupid’ and ‘genius’.
I realized that our society tends to be a little harsh. Sure, the words ‘stupid’ just easily flows out when the car in front of us stops at a green light, but why do we always go straight to that word? Or maybe the real question is, why do we say things if we don’t really mean it?
Quite recently, I had been talking to a friend and this topic came up. The conversation started off with road-rage, but then I started to question why we call people on the road ‘stupid’. I mean, do we truly mean it and we just ignore the fact that maybe their having a bad day? Maybe they are lost in thought, got easily distracted (and really, who doesn’t?) or just didn’t respond as quickly as we would? Or, do we actually think they are genuinely stupid?
Why is that?
Why do we call people stupid over little things? Or simply because they may be bad at one subject, even if they are great at another?
Personally, I think that everyone is – or can be, at least – a genius in their own way. Some of us are really good at math, but not much on science, history, or writing. Sometimes, we make straight A’s in all of our classes, but we are not even near experts in anything. Plus, sometimes the more intelligent someone is, the more the simple, common sense things are going to go out the window. In fact, if you read Elite Daily‘s article on “Signs you are a genius”, you’ll see that a lot of geniuses are not only forgetful, but may do “stupid” things.
So going back to the quote, who actually wasn’t told by Albert Einstein, according to Quote Investigators, we shouldn’t judge whether someone is ‘smart’ or ‘stupid’ simply by one action, or not being good at one or two subjects.
But this quote doesn’t just remind me about whether we should be labeled ‘stupid’, ‘average’, or ‘genius’. It actually reminds me more about success in general, and the fact that we’re always being told we “can’t do something” by other people.
So, lets change the quote up a bit:
“Anyone can be successful. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will believe its whole life that it will fail.”
But guess what?
Successful people all have to go through the same thing, and that’s rejections.
Even geniuses get rejected.
Much like this little graph posted by Idea Champions who show famous, successful people that originally failed.
Respond: What comes to mind when you hear this quote?