The deceptively small ‘extra’ bit transforms the conventional into the extraordinary. That bit is not trivial but isn’t impossible either. From ability, knack, skill, aptitude and potential, few are innate endowments. Most individuals have to fight their way through life to make their mark. But it’s really the tiny leap that categorizes people as special. Knowing the magnitude of your own capability can be an inspiration to climb to heights that you once couldn’t imagine. Who defines the maximal limit of your talent? Some counts are factual: people don’t usually live beyond 100 to 110 years; man cannot fly like a bird, or reproduce by himself for instance. What is unattainable obviously looks super human. Only when accomplished does it become human capacity. If only there was a method of identifying and building on our own potential to grow beyond what we thought we were capable of at this current moment. Life isn’t really a football game. You don’t need to be aware of all the figures to score a point before the game is over? Who’s keeping count anyways?
If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. — Rumi
Intelligence is an ability to think rationally and target fitting and beneficial outcomes through behaviour and actions. Man has a wide range of cognitive abilities, each working wonders for the self as well as the world, although each of them cannot be correlated. Thus it’s impossible to compare any two individuals in all respects and comment on who’s the better of the lot. Every participant can’t win the beauty pageant; the whole class cannot secure the first rank and everyone cannot be a best friend. The wise one essentially knows his or her aptitude and uses it to the fullest to make the most of it in this lifetime. Intelligence then becomes less about the quantum of information and more focused on the soundness in judgment to use that information rightly. What we commonly see today is a bunch of very intelligent people unable to reach common ground on anything at all!
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