Coaching insight: If you are a fish, don’t try to climb trees…

Today’s coaching insight comes from one of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein – someone I think we all would agree knew a thing or two!  Here are his words:

“Everyone is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Mull that over for a bit.  What is it that you believe you should be able to do that you can’t?  Are you sure it’s not a matter of expecting the fish to be able to climb a tree?  This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try new things or even work to improve yourself.  But sometimes, we need to face facts and recognize where the fish:tree combination isn’t working and let it go.

A contemporary thought leader, John Maxwell has some thoughts on this subject.  As we begin to venture into having a place to start, knowing yourself is the first part of the equation.


About Kathi Laughman

Referred to by her clients as “The Plan B to Z Expert”, Kathi inspires them to see beyond probabilities to possibilities. They are stronger, happier and more financially secure than ever before. The result is the creation of far more value in the rest of their story than they ever dreamed possible. She serves professionals committed to continuously creating new pathways to success and significance.

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