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In the 1980s famed Harvard professor, Howard Gardner, set out to decode a great mystery . . . Are there multiple types of intelligences or geniuses independent of IQ tests? If true, is it possible to learn new geniuses? Without a doubt, the answer is a resounding, YES! As a poor kid from the ghetto I realized at an early age that success was attainable, although my environment told me otherwise. Every successful person has cultivated or learned the required intelligences/geniuses to achieve an extraordinary life. A rock-solid vision. Deliberate practice. A never-quit attitude in spite of the obstacles. Who am I referring to? Albert Einstein. Walt Disney. Michael Jordan. Condoleezza Rice. The list is endless, and your name can be added regardless of your life experiences.
Did you know that Albert Einstein was 4 years old before he could speak? Walt Disney, the visionary behind Disneyland and Disney World, was once fired because he was told that he lacked imagination and had no good ideas. The greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, was cut – yes cut! – from his high school basketball team. Condoleezza Rice grew up in the racially divisive South in the 1960s. Never letting color or gender stand in the way of her success, she is the first African-American woman to become U.S. Secretary of State.
There are other intelligences, notably financial intelligence, but here is a synopsis of Gardner’s groundbreaking work . . . See which ones apply to you and how they relate to nearly every career path!
*Rich Dad Poor Dad author and entrepreneur Robert Kiyosaki coined the term, financial intelligence.
September 2008: Demi M. of New Albany High School
The last Thursday of each month LFYO will highlight a GENIUS student. Check the calendar for details. Feel free to nominate a deserving student!
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