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How to help young people not be intimidated

This week, I watched The Man Who Knew Infinity, the movie that tells the story of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. In the 1910s, Ramanujan, who had little formal mathematics training, began corresponding with Trinity College professor G.H. Hardy. Ramanujan came to Trinity at Hardy's invitation. The film depicts Ramanujan stepping into the Trinity College quad and being frozen in awe at the place he never imagined himself being. Professor John Littlewood greets him there and says, "Don't be intimidated."


You can see a snippet in this short trailer:


As portrayed in the movie, many of the other faculty and students discounted Ramanujan's capacity because of their prejudice against his race, nationality, and religion. Thankfully, Hardy and others weren't similarly blinded. They gave Ramanujan the time and space to bring his gifts to the world.


Young people see themselves as the people they think we think they can become.


Every young person should have adults show them places where they can make a difference.


So, is there a place you can show a young person they're capable of belonging?

Who might you bless by helping them see themselves succeeding at the next stage of their lives?

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