How Smart Are You?
I remember a show, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” that was popular between 2007 -2015. I loved that show! But I soon realized that 5th graders know a lot more than I gave them credit for. The show featured a panel of 5th graders and two adult contestants. The adults had to rely on their 5th grade “classmates” to correctly answer questions in pursuit of the million-dollar prize. If the adult got stuck or ran out of options, they could walk away with the money already accumulated as long as they looked into the camera and admitted, “I am not smarter than a 5th grader.”
Sounds silly, but it brings up a few points that are especially important as we’re thrust into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
- Truly smart people have a team of other smart people that they can rely on to get things done. There is a familiar quote that is especially applicable here. It says, “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” While the exact origins of the quote are unknown, the sentiment is a very poignant one. While there are times when we must go it alone, stressful times call for the support of a loving and caring team.
- Older doesn’t always mean wiser. Surround yourself with people of all ages and backgrounds. It’s their unique perspectives that can help you to accomplish the goals you’ve set. Ask your teen to help you navigate online shopping if that’s not your strength. Listen to the toddler who reminds you to not take yourself so seriously and invites you to laugh a little. Don’t overlook a great gift because it comes in smaller packaging.
- Admit when you’re in over your head. This is especially important for those who have mental and/or physical health challenges. You cannot be of any help to yourself or those that you love if you are in a crisis mode. Asking for help from your support system is perhaps one of the greatest signs of strength there is.
Remember, emotional intelligence is just as important as book smarts. Take care of your emotional health and show yourself and those closest to you just how smart you really are.