The first line of the quote by Einstein defined everyone with an unborn genius, a natural talent. And he further emphasized that the inability of a particular person to perform brilliantly well is because he is being measured against an inappropriate standard.
Our Educational system today is designed to kill the natural talent in every individual and developing a new one which will suit the need and capacity of the school thereby causing a lot of students to have the belief that they are born with a dull brain. At such an early stage of my life, I made the BIGGEST mistake of being a fish trying to climb a tree even though I know quite well I am only good at swimming. Though the story I am about to share is not, in anyway, to seek for public sympathy but to make a meaningful impact on someone’s life. A majority of my generation is already a victim of the story but we should be very conscious not to pass this disastrous mistake unto the coming generations.
During my Junior secondary school days, I used to be one of the best students in class due to my academic capacity, the mistake I made was when I wanted to make a choice of choosing a department in the senior secondary school, though I won’t admit full responsibility of this because I was still very young (13years), and the system being so bad, affected us immensely in our choice of study. Then, we were made to believe that science is the intelligent students and ART and COMMERCIAL are meant for students who are less academically sound. Because I want to show everyone how intelligent I was then, I made a choice of going into science which is fully against my passion, I was able to perform excellently well and even represented my school and participated in several tournaments winning most of them for my school cos I was one of the best students at that time. Right on time, I knew I was going to have a problem when I got a JAMB Form seeking for admission into the University without having anything that interests me to study in science. Then I got to realize that everything that interests me is all not in science and that moment I wish I can see the first person that said science is for the brilliant students and maybe sue him for misleading someone like me. But is that possible? Obviously, I am already a product of a failed system of education, so I have to move on despite all odds.
While in the University, I couldn’t perform as expected of me because I was living my passion and at the same time studying what was not my passion. This made some of my lecturers regard me as not being a genius, a situation I wasn’t very pleased with because I was into something which I don’t have a passion for.
Eventually, I was able to scale through after a lot of sleepless night. I am now living my passion fully and have been able to find my right path but I fear how many people can get things right once they also made the same mistake.
We need to advocate more so as not to mislead the coming generations as we should allow them to live their passion and let them see everything to be equal.
Furthermore, we need to understand that everybody is a genius, all we need to do is by identifying their strength and helping them to build it as shown by Prof. Chris Imafidon at the 33rd convocation ceremony of the University of Ilorin, where he awarded scholarship to the two worst graduate, the last male and female, He said, he wants to prove the philosophy of everybody is a genius by understanding what their passion is and providing everything that is going to be needed for it. The professor believed that if that can be provided, then they should also be able to perform well.
Everyone has a different ability or particular “genius.” Often, comparing yourself to someone else’s abilities might mean overlooking what it is you are naturally more suited towards doing. In other words, stop being a fish trying to climb a tree and embrace your fishiness. We’re not all made to be theoretical physicists. Aim for what you’re good at, work hard for what you want, and don’t beat yourself up on what you can’t do perfectly. Build that “genius” in you.
By: OMOTOSHO A. D. YAyi
Fb: OMOTOSHO A. D. YAyi