Know Your Brilliance
Contribution by Katie Weigl
Everyone is brilliant in his or her own way.
And no, I did not steal that line from a motivational poster with a picture of one red rose amidst a sea of yellow roses.
Simply put, Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences states that each and every being possesses intelligence - the area in which that intelligence lies will differ from person to person.
A great example of this was my sophomore year biology honors class. I am an arts and languages girl through and through, so how I had managed to land myself in an honors science class was a mystery to me. However, it meant being
in the same class with a number of my friends who were categorically “smarter” at science than I, so I was a happy camper.
This class would quickly become one of my favorites, and not just because all of my friends were there. The teacher had a metaphorical, anecdotal way of explaining scientific processes and organisms that played directly into my right-brained way of learning things. I actually ended up performing better in the course than my science-minded friends, who were frustrated that our teacher kept going off on these rambling tangents, which, as far as they could tell, had nothing to do with science. To this I would enthusiastically reply “But that IS the science, don’t you get it?!”
In a nutshell, finding your brilliance can be as simple as knowing your strengths and using them to your advantage to excel in areas in which you are not as strong.
Awareness of your personal brilliance will not only give you confidence, it will help you equip yourself for success in all areas of your life—even those in which you struggle.
Isn’t being brilliant awesome?!