The following are my top ten reasons why you may feel “dumb,” not so smart and certainly not gifted :
#9. You have multiple interests and can’t decide on one career path. Gifted people pick one thing, stick with it and achieve greatness.
#8. You start many projects that you don’t finish. Gifted people finish things.
#7. You didn’t excel in school. Gifted people always get straight ‘As’ and never have learning disabilities.
#6. You grew up in a seriously dysfunctional family. Gifted people come from happy homes.
#5. You daydream a lot, can’t decide what color to paint your bedroom, and forget to tie your shoes. Gifted people make decisions easily, don’t daydream and never forget anything.
#4. You’re terrified of failure and have exceedingly high standards so you avoid taking risks and you procrastinate. Gifted people learn quickly with no effort and get things done on time.
#3. You’re afraid of success so you hide your abilities. Gifted people love to succeed and always do.
#2. You feel overwhelmed by the suffering in your community, your country and the world and you need to do something about it. Gifted people don’t get overwhelmed and they solve problems easily. They’re self-absorbed and only care about how smart they are.
#1. You aren’t Elon Musk. Gifted people send rockets into space, build fancy electric cars, and create thriving clean energy companies all at the same time. And they’re rich.
Here’s the thing, dear readers. What gifted people supposedly do or supposedly are, as listed above, may be true, for some. But from where I sit, in the world of the rainforest mind, it’s not so simple. All of these other things that you probably are– sensitive, emotional, idealistic, empathetic, perceptive, analytical, daydreamy, terrified of failure, curious, questioning, compassionate, creative, loving learning, perfectionistic, overwhelmed by suffering, needing to make a difference–all of these things, and more, are what make you smart, what make you gifted.
And I bet, if you asked Elon Musk, well, he’d agree.
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