Albert Einstein Asks If a Fish Can Climb a Tree

“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

If Albert Einstein tells me that I’m a genius, that you’re a genius too, I’m going to believe it!

But the critic in each of us probably uses the word “stupid” way more than the word “genius” to describe our daily life choices.

So clearly we’re using the wrong criteria. And if we’re being stupid perhaps it’s as simple as changing what we ask of ourselves.

If we use our unique strengths – StrengthsFinder, MBTI, DiSC are all clues to what our strengths are that we were born with – to work on attainable goals we are passionate about then we’re geniuses. We are fish swimming in water. If we try to be someone we’re not but wish we were, we’re fish trying to climb a tree. What will you choose today – water or tree?

PS – Wile E. Coyote is a super genius granted, but you and me? We can settle for genius.

Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s team building and team development activities:

StrengthsFinder – Gallup’s online assessment of unique top five strengths. Learn your team’s strengths and learn how to put them into action.
MBTI Team Quest – Discover and leverage the various ways your people make decisions, strategize and access information, using this organizational standard. Team members begin to recognize the strengths that other types bring to the team, and the power that comes from multiple types working together.
DiSC – Help team members assess how they can best use each dimension of four behaviors – dominance, influence, steadiness, conscientiousness – to better communicate and work together.

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