The Finally Returned Apron



That isn't really the quote I would like to write about, but perhaps the one below. Not to an extend of explaining what does it really mean, but may be related to what I wanted to write about today.

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will." ~ Vince Lombardi 

What does will have to do with being successful, and not knowledge itself? Most of my friends were impressed by my ability to learn fast, in fact; I really was a fast learner ever since I stepped into middle school. I could comprehend things faster than most of my friends , especially on maths and science subjects. Unfortunately, my memorisation is weak; I'm a slow worker, and I was scolded too many times for being one. To tell the truth, it's not like I wanted to become like that, in fact; I've tried not to become one, but my effort couldn't outdo my desire, I didn't walk far enough.

I come to know that maths and science aren't the only kinds of intelligence out there, there are spiritual, physical, emotional, linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinaesthetic, spatial, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalist, and existential intelligence; will is perhaps one of spiritual intelligence. To sum it out, I'm not feeling quite intelligent after knowing all these. Perhaps, I should've known earlier about this, because it's me myself that stated for once that everything beneficial could be considered knowledge.

Knowledge in general has a wide meaning, from being a company director to being a cleaner. It doesn't mean that the director possess knowledge while the cleaner don't, this is perspective. The truth is, both of them possess knowledge, and what they're becoming now is the result of their knowledge. Even if both of them went to the same college, and graduated at the same time with the same grade. If we consider success only by logical-mathematical intelligence or mental intelligence, both of them would be involved in academics, but what exactly it is, or perhaps, are; that makes both of them differ too much? I believe that they are the other kinds of intelligence. The theory of multiple intelligence was introduced by Howard Gardner in his book 'Frames of Mind : The Theory of Multiple Intelligence', the theory acts as a model to differentiate intelligence into parts instead of focusing it on one general intelligence.

The Nine Types of Intelligence
By Howard Gardner

1. Naturalist Intelligence (“Nature Smart”)

Designates the human ability to discriminate among living things (plants, animals) as well as sensitivity to other features of the natural world (clouds, rock configurations).  This ability was clearly of value in our evolutionary past as hunters, gatherers, and farmers; it continues to be central in such roles as botanist or chef.  It is also speculated that much of our consumer society exploits the naturalist intelligences, which can be mobilized in the discrimination among cars, sneakers, kinds of makeup, and the like. 

2. Musical Intelligence (“Musical Smart”)

Musical intelligence is the capacity to discern pitch, rhythm, timbre, and tone.  This intelligence enables us to recognize, create, reproduce, and reflect on music, as demonstrated by composers, conductors, musicians, vocalist, and sensitive listeners.  Interestingly, there is often an affective connection between music and the emotions; and mathematical and musical intelligences may share common thinking processes.  Young adults with this kind of intelligence are usually singing or drumming to themselves.  They are usually quite aware of sounds others may miss.


3. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence (Number/Reasoning Smart)

Logical-mathematical intelligence is the ability to calculate, quantify, consider propositions and hypotheses, and carry out complete mathematical operations.  It enables us to perceive relationships and connections and to use abstract, symbolic thought; sequential reasoning skills; and inductive and deductive thinking patterns.  Logical intelligence is usually well developed in mathematicians, scientists, and detectives.  Young adults with lots of logical intelligence are interested in patterns, categories, and relationships.  They are drawn to arithmetic problems, strategy games and experiments.

4. Existential Intelligence

Sensitivity and capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence, such as the meaning of life, why do we die, and how did we get here.

5. Interpersonal Intelligence (People Smart”)

Interpersonal intelligence is the ability to understand and interact effectively with others.  It involves effective verbal and nonverbal communication, the ability to note distinctions among others, sensitivity to the moods and temperaments of others, and the ability to entertain multiple perspectives.  Teachers, social workers, actors, and politicians all exhibit interpersonal intelligence.  Young adults with this kind of intelligence are leaders among their peers, are good at communicating, and seem to understand others’ feelings and motives.

6. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (“Body Smart”)

Bodily kinesthetic intelligence is the capacity to manipulate objects and use a variety of physical skills.  This intelligence also involves a sense of timing and the perfection of skills through mind–body union.  Athletes, dancers, surgeons, and craftspeople exhibit well-developed bodily kinesthetic intelligence.

7. Linguistic Intelligence (Word Smart)

Linguistic intelligence is the ability to think in words and to use language to express and appreciate complex meanings.  Linguistic intelligence allows us to understand the order and meaning of words and to apply meta-linguistic skills to reflect on our use of language.  Linguistic intelligence is the most widely shared human competence and is evident in poets, novelists, journalists, and effective public speakers.  Young adults with this kind of intelligence enjoy writing, reading, telling stories or doing crossword puzzles.

8. Intra-personal Intelligence (Self Smart”)

Intra-personal intelligence is the capacity to understand oneself and one’s thoughts and feelings, and to use such knowledge in planning and directioning one’s life.  Intra-personal intelligence involves not only an appreciation of the self, but also of the human condition.  It is evident in psychologist, spiritual leaders, and philosophers.  These young adults may be shy.  They are very aware of their own feelings and are self-motivated.

9. Spatial Intelligence (“Picture Smart”)

Spatial intelligence is the ability to think in three dimensions.  Core capacities include mental imagery, spatial reasoning, image manipulation, graphic and artistic skills, and an active imagination.  Sailors, pilots, sculptors, painters, and architects all exhibit spatial intelligence.  Young adults with this kind of intelligence may be fascinated with mazes or jigsaw puzzles, or spend free time drawing or daydreaming.


From: Overview of the Multiple Intelligences Theory.  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Thomas Armstrong.com
So, what's the deal with the apron? I just returned the apron I borrowed for my job after 2 weeks I quit the job, I got sick for 3 days after I'd been working for 6 days, so I decided to quit afterward, especially after experiencing that I had a hard time praying. I don't have the aptitude to do the job, lack of intelligence I guess, and I do feel a bit frustrated to fail the job,  I lost my will, and I felt hopeless back then, but there is no use being frustrated all the time, it doesn't make the magic. It does make me write this article, by the way.

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man.... Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."
Dalai Lama could be right, and it doesn't mean he couldn't be wrong, every action taken by man is probably due to experience, and Dalai Lama could have experienced something different than what we have been experiencing, I couldn't argue with Dalai Lama in this matter, though.

Hey, one could make wrong decisions, but it doesn't mean that trying would be unworthy anymore, and there is nothing wrong if one could be happy enough as a cleaner or director. Perhaps, when you think about a successful director, you shouldn't be forgetting about a successful cleaner, they make big company too.
 
Finally, here are tips for all of us, retention could be better than being fast at learning; practice what you learn; associate new lessons with our previous lessons; let our senses involved e.g. visual i.e. our brain memorises images more easily than words; repetition might be necessary; continue on asking why and why, and then 'how' until it turns 'what'; mind mapping; mnemonics; involves in discussion, online or offline e.g. Quora; etc. 

For muslims out there;

The Prophet said: "Knowledge from which no benefit is derived is like a treasure out of which nothing is spent in the cause of God." - Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 108

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, God will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge. The inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and (even) the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man. The superiority of the learned over the devout is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave (no monetary inheritance), they leave only knowledge, and he who takes it takes an abundant portion. - Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1631

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