A Little Message | Being The Best At Everything

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So the other day in my English lesson, we where discussing the topic of knowledge and wisdom. What are they? Is one better or more important than the other? Which one would you rather have? As a class we kind of came to the conclusion that they bounce off each other. To be wise you need to have knowledge and gain experience so that you can approach things and having wisdom allows you to make judgement on the knowledge you've learnt.

We talked about the fact that a lot of people don't have a perfect balance between the two, and therefore lacked a quality of the other. For example you may get someone who is very knowledgeable and can list off fact after fact but put them in a situation where they have to use it, like teaching it to a class, and they may not perform to as high a standard as you thought - because they lack the experience. Whereas, someone who may have less knowledge but has delved into what they know and been in a teaching situation before, may be able to deliver the class better but without an abundance of facts.

Contentment consist not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire. - Thomas fuller quote

When I came away from the lesson, I realised that it fits in with a little message I always tell my brother. Some days, my youngest brother will come home from school and will tell me about little bits of his day ''such-a-body read really well today'' or ''such-a-body answered almost all the questions in science today''. As with practically everyone, when he sees people around him doing better than him on certain things, it gets to him. He's 8. He's already comparing himself to those around him. That's not how it should be.

But then there will be days he comes home with a big smile on his face to tell us ''I did really well on the maths test, I got a better mark than such-a-body''. I always turn to him and, after saying well done, explain to him that everybody is going to be better than someone at something and worse at something compared to someone else. If everyone all had a nice balance between every single skill and quality out there where would we be? Would there be a lack of competition to better ourselves? Would we be so technologically or medically advanced? Would there be constant uproar? 

In my opinion, I think everyone's skills and qualities balance out. Using my brother as an example, he is better at maths than English, but the kid he mentioned who is really good at English may not be so good a maths. Personally, my spelling skills aren't that good, but I'm not so bad at drawing graphs. Even Albert Einstein had his balance, as we all know he was a genius but as a child he was a slow learner. 

It's like a weighing scales. If you have too many good/bad skills or qualities, there is an imbalance. Like I said, I think everyone balances out, so instead of looking like this ...

Weighing scales of skills and qualities; showing an imbalance. Technology,organized, football,maths,stressed. Music, presentations, english

 I think it's more like this ...

Weighing scales showing a balance between stronger and weaker skills and qualities

So, it doesn't matter if we aren't the best at everything we do. As long as we put effort in a give it a go - that's the important thing. 

I'd love to know what you think about this idea. Do you have any little messages about the topic?

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28 comments

  1. I love this post. It takes a lot for a person to recognize they can't do everything nor they can be good at everything and I am really glad you are in a point of your life where you can see that you can be happy by balancing everything! :)

    Much love xx
    Catarina // ohkori.blogspot.com

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  2. i 100% agree were all made to be great at different things


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  3. Great post, really got me thinking!
    ~Sophia
    http://plaidismyfavouritecolour.blogspot.com/

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  4. Kathryn, this is such an excellent post! If we were all great at everything, we wouldn't need each other. And I can't even imagine a world in which everyone is best at everything. Kind of terrifying.

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    1. Great point, I agree it would be terrifying

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  5. Lovely post, the last couple of sentences speak volumes, I completely agree too, nobody is perfect at everything but as long as we are trying, that's the thing that really matters!

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    1. Thank you and definitely : )

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  6. Hello Kathryn! You might have already done it but I have nominated you for the Liebster Award because I feel like your blog really deserves it! All info here - http://where-shegoes.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you, I have already done it but I'm grateful for your comment! I'll be sure to have a look at your post though : )

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  7. Hm, thats a very interesting topic. In the same line I deleted facebook the other day because I would accumulate all this useless information about everyone instead of focusing on my studies and work..and guess what?It was the best decision ever!
    xo, Anastasia

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    1. I'm not a big user of facebook, but I did a similar thing with twitter and instagram at the beginning of last year and I know what you mean. But I went back to using them a few weeks ago because of blogging haha

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  8. Fabulous piece! You are very insightful and intelligent :)
    Always remember these words and share them with those around you x

    Bebhinn + A Judge Less Life
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    1. Thank you, your lovely comment means so much !

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  10. really an interesting article !

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  11. This is a very wise post! My dad always quotes someone(no idea who, sorry!) :

    "knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a salad"

    Personally I like tomatoes in salads, but I think its a good quote to illustrate the point!
    Hannah

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    1. I've heard that saying before, and I don't know where it's from either, but you're right it does fit perfectly. Thank you

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  12. What a great inspiring post. xox

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  13. I enjoyed reading this so much and agree with you 100%! Someone once told me that if you asks a fish to climb up a tree, it's never going happen. Everyone has their own weaknesses and strengths that makes us unique! :)
    ♥Natalie
    Yours Truly, NY


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    1. I like that little point, it really portrays the message, thank you for sharing

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  14. What a brilliant post and so well thought through. Balance is important in everything that we do in life but it can be so hard not to judge ourselves by the lives of others. I heard a great quote today that goes 'Don't compare your insides to somebody else's outsides' we're all running our own race, in our own time and should go easy on ourselves every now and again as we are our own unique selves!

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  15. My son has his strengths and weaknesses with school subjects, so I pair two strengths and one weakness together for each day to make it more balanced for him. He's not as frustrated when we learn like that.

    Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Monday.

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    1. That's such a clever idea! Thank you for stopping by : )

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