Don’t Judge A Fish By Its Ability To Climb A Tree…

“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

This is such a great quote and I love how he is saying so much about expectations, judgments, pressure and limitation in this one little sentence. So many aspects to it.

In life there are certain norms and way too often we try to fit into these norms. Or we try to push someone else into this little box. Very rarely do we stand still and wait and listen or watch. Rarely we observe.

Instead of trying to be the same or making someone fit in, we should try to see what actually hides underneath. Our expectations are in the end only what we want someone or us to be. Or maybe what someone else wants us us to be.

But we limit the ability of someone to really reach his or her potential with our expectations. We limit ourselves to really go out there, do what we want to do, discover our talents.

Everyone is different. Everyone has a talent. Maybe it is hidden. Waiting to be discovered. By expecting someone to fit in, to follow suit or to aim for what everyone else is aiming we might destroy this little hidden treasure.

It’s like a plant. You have to water it and look after it. Otherwise it will slowly fade away…

14 thoughts on “Don’t Judge A Fish By Its Ability To Climb A Tree…

  1. I agree; I love it as well! And it makes sense. It’s seen in nature all the time. Put an animal in a cage and they won’t grow as large and they don’t live as long. Mental cages can do the same.

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  2. I’ve never heard this quote before, but love it already. Thanks for sharing! And I really appreciate your sentiment. I’ve been researching early education this week and this strikes a chord with me.


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  4. As a teacher, I really relate to this post, and love it. Traditional schools stifle children so much. I’m really starting to lean twards unschooling. Children need to run, play, and experience. Not sit in a classroom for 8 hours,
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