If you’re gifted, you’re gifted for life. You can’t become ‘ungifted’ nor lose what makes you gifted.
But you can certainly not use your giftedness, or hide your giftedness.
Basically there are two big groups of gifted people:
- the ones who are identified as gifted when they’re young and in school
- the ones who aren’t
The ones who are identified as gifted fall into a few categories:
- the ones who are recognized as gifted and are put into a special learning environment to help them
- the ones who are recognized as gifted but are not put into a special learning environment because either one doesn’t exist in their area, or they don’t choose to go into it
- the ones who reject the idea of giftedness because they’re afraid of the stigma that they find attached to the term
- the ones who believe there must have been some mistake about their identification and giftedness doesn’t apply to them
Here’s the bad news…
All of these groups of people are at risk for not developing or for under-developing their giftedness. Even the ones who have been in gifted classes.
Because when you’re gifted, you’re gifted for life.
And when you’ve left school you’ve lost contact with other people who are gifted who understand you, support you, and keep you moving forward. You’re out in the big wide world trying to find your way among a sea of non-gifted people who just ‘don’t get’ a lot of what you do. And that can be a tough situation to deal with.
For those who are lucky enough, maybe they can keep in contact with a few of their gifted classmates, but what about everyone else?
This creates quite a dilemma, doesn’t it?…
I’d like to hear about your success stories in this area.
What do you do to motivate the gifted part of yourself?
And where have you found other gifted people to talk to?