Ricky struggled in school for most of his life.  He would battle to focus on what the teacher was saying; he felt like homework was boring. His parents would often be disappointed when he would bring home his report card.  Ricky felt his confidence decreasing. Ricky was overplaying his academic ability and underplaying his athletic and artistic skills.

Ricky had kinesthetic knowledge; he learned by doing.  He could use the feelings in his body to become an athlete and a painter who could express emotion through his artwork.  When Ricky decided to focus on his strengths, he was able to get into art school and eventually sell his paintings to support himself.

Cherry also struggled academically when she got to middle school.  In primary school, she did so well that she started to believe that she was stupid when she started to struggle in middle school.  However, Cherry had high emotional intelligence, which she used to network and attune to others.  Her social abilities helped her to find her passion in psychology.  Her high empathy enabled her to become a popular therapist.

Ryan was raised by a single father who was unable to spend a lot of time at home.  His father had to work late to make ends meet.  Ryan felt neglected and started acting out at school.  His grades dropped, and he hung out with the wrong crowd. Being in trouble with the law and at school helped Ryan develop knowledge of how society works.  His struggle helped him to build grit, which then enabled him to become an entrepreneur.  Years later, he used his street knowledge and determination to become a successful salesman for his new company.

Some of us have been taught that we need to do well academically if we want to be successful in life.  Academic pressure can be so immense that if we don’t get straight A’s, we might feel like we won’t amount to much.  There are multiple forms of intelligence, and understanding what types of intelligence you have can help build your confidence.  Using your different kind of intelligence can also help you to be ok with who you are.  Maximizing your strengths can help you to find a more rewarding life path.


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