How Are You Smart?

My friend, Dr. Chester Goad, writes and speaks on “leadership, learning, and life.” A couple of months ago, I reposted an article of his, which you can see *here*. Then last week, he gave me the privilege of writing a guest piece for his website.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul wrote about the different gifts in the church, emphasizing the fact that all are not just necessary, but equal in some ways. The same concept applies to classrooms, boardrooms, and living rooms. When we recognize different natural talents or “kinds of smart,” it helps us value individuals who are different from ourselves so that we can move toward working together.

Anyway, it starts like this…

Before my children knew the real “s-word”, we had another s-word at our house: stupid. We simply didn’t use it. One may be ignorant about a certain subject—nothing wrong with that. One may do foolish things when one isn’t thinking, but stupid? There is no redemptive reason to use that word. Instead, we focused on the different kinds of smart. Although there are more specific words, smart fit my children’s level of understanding at the time…and it stuck.

Every human being has natural talents that, with training, become high-functioning skill sets. When you base your view of humanity on this assumption, you no longer have smart people and dumb people, bright people and dull people. You simply have people—lots of different people…

Head over to Chester’s website to see the rest!



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