How would you interpret this quote?“Its not about brains. Everyone needs to be smart to a certain extent, but most people are. Its really about how you use what you learned in high school and...

How would you interpret this quote?

“Its not about brains. Everyone needs to be smart to a certain extent, but most people are. Its really about how you use what you learned in high school and university[s] and how you use your human experience"- Suzanne Anton

 

I think that it means that even thought you're not the smartest person in the world you can still achieve great success because they have other human qualities that can push them forward.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I would add that I think is begs the question on your capacity to learn. Many people have tons of knowledge floating around in their brains, but if they can't figure out what to do with it or how to use it, it is useless.

If while you are young you can learn how to learn, you will be able to achieve much more. In life, we keep adapting to different circumstances. If we can apply what we learn in school and life experiences to later and upcoming experiences, we should be able to reach great successes. As we age, it will be a matter of disciplining ourselves to keep applying what we have learned.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would put a slightly different spin on this.  Basically, what the quote is saying is that it is not what you have (in the way of brains) that matters.  What matters is how you use what you have.

She is saying that you do need to have some amount of brain -- you can't just be completely stupid.  But once you have a certain amount of brain, what really matters is how you use the brain.

So she is saying that everyone is smart enough to get ahead.  What sets some people apart from each other is how hard they work and things like that.

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ajstang | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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This quote to me means:

Learn from your experiences

Don't make the same mistake twice

Everyone has some level of brains but its how you use them and your life experiences that really matters.

 

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anoelle | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

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This quote is saying that the way you use what you have learned means more than just what or how much you know.  If you are extremely smart but do not show this in your actions then it is not as meaningful.

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