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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.

It is inappropriate to judge an animal by focusing on a skill which the creature does not possess. A fish is specialized to swim superbly, and its ability to climb a tree is non-existent or rudimentary.

Considering that animals are in a school of development then the theory of the school is that the best animals should be able to do one thing as well as another.

The Eagle will be the best student when it comes to flying. He will be at the top of the class if performance is judged by flying but totally stupid if judged by swimming.

The Rabbit will be at the top of the class in running, but he will have a nervous breakdown and will have to drop out of school in swimming.

The Squirrel will lead the climbing class, but he will begin to have “U” grades if judged by flying.

The horse was considered the most stupid student in class. He will only discovered his greatness when running was added in the school curriculum.

Jumping should be the only subject taught in the school, said the kangaroo because it was worthless in the flying class.

That is the same situation with humans. We are all born with some abilities that we can excel in the given field. We all have an area in life which we are a genius in it. Nearly everyone feels insignificant at one time or another. You may be great on the football field and terrible in a chemistry lab. Maybe you are the star of the show with one group and totally ignored in another. A talent is simply a strong characteristic that you have. It is something you naturally do, think, or feel and that can be used in a beneficial way. It is nothing you acquired in school or that was taught to you at university. Most people never find their natural talents and strengths either because they do not believe they have any, or because they underestimate their importance. If you want to be successful, discovering your uniqueness is not a nice bonus, it is a necessity. A common assumption in today’s society is that the key to success is fixing your weakness. People tend to think that working on what you are not good at, is the fastest way to grow and develop. That is far from the truth. Of course, you can get better at anything. Working on your weakness can help you go from bad to mediocre. But you will never be able to achieve true excellence without an underlying talent. If the Eagle put even the best strength in swimming then it will never compare with the fish. What sets you apart from everyone else is your unique personality with all the special talents and strengths that you possess. You are the biggest asset that you could ever have. The first step to embrace your uniqueness is being aware that you are special. You are like nobody else in this world. Nobody else has had the same experiences as you. No one has exactly the same characteristics and shares the same values. Nobody has learned all the various skills you learned. Discovering your talents and strengths means becoming more aware of who you really are. It is because, it is only when you know what makes you so unique that you can fully embrace and make use of it. To set yourself up for success and capitalize on the way you are, you need to identify your unique characteristics. This is a process that takes quite some time but that is definitely worth doing. Howard Gardner in his theory of multi intelligence analysed the nine types of intelligence


Howard Gardner’s Nine Intelligence

  1. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

Usually, one of the most obvious gauges used in determining whether one is intelligent or not is his logical ability or his ability to solve mathematical problems. That type of intelligence falls under this category.

This type of intelligence describes superior inductive and deductive reasoning and calculating ability, so that anyone who possesses it is able to think conceptually and abstractly. In any given situation, they find it very easy to spot trends and patterns and understand relationships. Order and sequencing figure greatly in your thinking processes.

You have high logical-mathematical intelligence if:

  • you are good with numbers and various tasks that involve quantifying things, such as mathematical operations and arithmetic problems
  • you enjoy performing experiments and conducting investigations in order to prove the hypotheses that you have formulated earlier
  • you enjoy playing logic and strategy games, and you do it often to further hone your intelligence
  • you enjoy the challenge of unraveling mysteries and solving puzzles
  • your curiosity makes you ask cosmic or deep questions

The learning style for people with logical-mathematical intelligence involves acquiring theoretical knowledge of concepts first, before they can get down to dealing with the finer details.

People with high logical-mathematical intelligence are best suited in occupations such as mathematicians, detectives, investigative journalists, and scientists.

  1. Linguistic Intelligence

Linguistic intelligence refers to a person’s ability to use words effectively. Some people think that if you know more than two languages, then you have superior linguistic ability.

That is correct, but that is not all there is to being linguistically intelligent. You see, you may only know one language and still be deemed to have superior linguistic intelligence if you prove that you can use that single language very well.

In other words, linguistic intelligence is seen in your ability to find the right words to express what you mean.

You have high linguistic intelligence if:

  • you have a way with words, and can use it to achieve an objective, such as persuasion or convincing someone to do something or act in a certain manner
  • you have a rich vocabulary, and you know what words to use, and how and when to use them
  • you like to read a lot, and you may also want to write a lot
  • you enjoy playing word games, or other similar games that involve word use
  • you have an easy grasp of other languages or dialects, even if fluency is not required

People who demonstrate high linguistic intelligence include authors, novelists, poets, journalists, public speakers, and motivational speakers. To a great extent, politicians are also deemed to be linguistically intelligent.

  1. Visual-Spatial Intelligence

Believe it or not, there are people who have difficulty viewing or visualizing the world in its three dimensions. When we talk about being able to think in 3D, the following capacities are involved:

  • Mental imagery, or the capacity of the person to draw up, in his mind, an image or picture as representation of the physical world. Whether it is from a past memory or an actual previous experience with that object, he can easily “see” in his mind’s eye that object, even if it is not physically present within his line of sight.
  • Spatial reasoning or the capacity to perceive and think about objects in 3D, even despite having limited information about it. It also covers the capacity to draw generalizations from the limited information available. Mention a cube, and he will immediately think of an object with six sides. Mention a pyramid, and he will have an image of how a pyramid will look like when viewed from the front or from the top.
  • Image manipulation or the capacity to view an image and picture how it will look like when tweaked or altered. Some people have trouble picturing the end result when an image’s appearance is changed, while there are those who have no issues seeing how it will turn out when the proposed changes have been effected.
  • Artistic skills, or the ability and skills in creating fine art. Graphic skills also fall under this category. Essentially, being visually and spatially intelligent often go hand in hand with creativity, especially in several professions or lines of work.

Let us not forget that visual-spatial intelligence also involves having a very active imagination. Most of the time, you will be drawing on your imagination when putting this intelligence to use.

You have high visual-spatial intelligence if:

  • you have a high awareness of your surrounding environments
  • you have very good navigation skills and a sharp sense of direction
  • you enjoy playing with jigsaw puzzles and games that involve maps and mazes
  • you like to draw and work with pictures and images
  • you tend to daydream a lot, creating scenarios in your head

A person with visual-spatial intelligence will become highly lauded as painters, sculptors, architects and designers. Those who are working with distances are also known to possess this type of intelligence, and the prime examples are pilots and seafarers.

  1. Naturalist Intelligence

Being able to “read” and understand nature, and all the living things in and on it, is also a type of intelligence. Having sensitivity for all living and non-living elements in nature makes you “nature-smart”.

  • you love nature, and enjoy spending time outdoors
  • you are able to connect easily with animals
  • you have a knack for raising animals or making plants grow (what people call “green thumb”)

People with naturalist intelligence work best as botanists, agriculturists, forest and park rangers.

  1. Musical Intelligence

Can you carry a tune? Do you have a talent for dissecting the elements and details of sound? Then you should count yourself as one of the intelligent ones when it comes to musicality. If you are very sensitive to rhythm and sound, then you possess this type of intelligence.

You have high musical intelligence if:

  • you can discern sounds and break them down – their pitch, rhythm, tone and timber – easily
  • you love – and can recognize, create, and/or reflect – on music
  • you are comfortable with music or sound playing in the background even when you are doing other things
  • you are highly sensitive to even the smallest sound, so that you can hear sounds that others miss.

People with musical intelligence find their niche as musicians, composers, vocalists, composers, conductors, sound mixers and sound engineers.

  1. Existential Intelligence

This may sound too deep for some, but tackling existentialism issues and questions is also a form of intelligence. This denotes a deep sensitivity and a high capacity to tackle very serious questions, combined with a passion to pursue the answers to these questions.

You have high existential intelligence if:

  • You are genuine in your curiosity to the answers of questions the likes of which include “why do we live?”, “why do we die?” and “what happens to us after death?” to name a few.
  • You demonstrate high sensitivity when it comes to matters related to human existence.

People with existential intelligence are most suited in jobs in psychology and theology. Motivational speakers are also expected to possess this type of intelligence in great amounts.

  1. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Have you ever heard of hand-eye coordination? Usually, people who have superior hand-eye coordination make a recovered in the field of sports. However, it is rare for us to hear athletes being described as “intelligence” by virtue of their athleticism.

Well, there is also such a thing as mind-body coordination, and this is what bodily-kinesthetic intelligence is. Mainly it is about physical skills, and how you are able to use your physicality to manipulate objects and other elements around you.

You have high bodily-kinesthetic intelligence if:

  • you have a keen sense of body awareness, knowing what you are capable of and recognizing your physical limits.
  • you can communicate well using body language, with gestures and actions that can convey the message you intend to deliver to the recipients.
  • you have no issues with physical contact, since you are comfortable touching other people or being touched.
  • you have, at least, a very good sense of timing when it comes to performing physical tasks and activities.
  • you are good with your hands, such that you can handle tools and machines with a high degree of deftness, combined with an economy of movement.
  • you like making or creating something with your hands.

People who possess bodily-kinesthetic intelligence are usually athletes, dancers, acrobats and stage performers. Craftsmen, or those who create highly detailed crafts and products, are also known to demonstrate impressive mind and body union.

But perhaps the best example of somebody who is good with their hands is a surgeon, who’s every action – no matter how small – inside the operating room, will dictate how a patient’s life will go.

  1. Interpersonal Intelligence

Your emotion also has very close links with your intelligence; we even have what is known as “emotional intelligence” or EQ. In this case, interpersonal intelligence refers to your ability to sense other people’s feelings, as well as read their motives.

They say that you have above average

interpersonal skills, if you possess good to very good communication skills – both verbal and non-verbal. That is usually the first thing that you will notice in a person with high interpersonal intelligence.

You have high interpersonal intelligence if:

  • you can easily spot distinctions or differences among people, and you also find it easy to recognize them even in a large crowd.
  • you have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, and you are comfortable spending time with other people.
  • you are sensitive to the moods and temperament of other people.
  • You are able to look at things from various points of view or perspectives, instead of just sticking to your own angle.

People with high interpersonal intelligence will do great as teachers, social workers, and politicians. Stage and film actors also use their interpersonal intelligence to essay or portray any character.

  1. Intrapersonal Intelligence

Self-awareness is also a form of intelligence. If you understand yourself, if you know what you are feeling and why you are feeling it, and if you know exactly what you want and need, then you can confidently say that you possess intrapersonal intelligence.

But wait, doesn’t that make you sound like a self-absorbed narcissist? If we leave the description at that, it definitely does make you appear like one.

However, having intrapersonal intelligence also involves possessing an appreciation and respect for human condition, in general. This means that you will also view yourself with respect to that of other people.

You have high intrapersonal intelligence if:

  • you are self-motivated, meaning you tend to put yourself first when assessing various situations you come across.
  • you are strong-willed and independent, and have no issue learning by yourself.
  • you are fully aware of your feelings, and you take action to planning and directing your life, without primarily depending on others to dictate what you should do.
  • you tend to be shy and introverted, preferring to keep to yourself and have solo moments for self-reflection.

People with high intrapersonal intelligence are those who would be most comfortable as spiritual leaders, psychologists, guidance counselors, and even philosophers.

Is it possible to possess all nine? Yes, there is definitely a high probability of that. In fact, some even claim that we all have, to a certain degree, all of the nine types of intelligence. It’s just a matter of some types of intelligence being higher or more apparent than others.


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