Everyone is not born a genius and to balance this out every academic genius does not become a billionaire. Lots of parents end up comparing siblings, and now with the norm of only one child, they end up comparing their own children with other children. This is the worst thing one can do to the psyche of your own child. God has not made any two individuals the same – each one is made differently and is born with the sole purpose of working out his or her own karmas. This fundamental fact is not known to many and a lot of people try to impose their own expectations on their children – in some cases this may work out, but in a majority of the cases this becomes a disaster for the child and subsequently for the parent-child relationship.
An easier way to get out of this predicament is for the parent to accept the fact that the child has certain inherent limitations. Once the parents accept this fact, they can start looking for that certain quality or interest which their child lights up with. Once that is found, then bringing up the child becomes a more focused and enjoyable journey. Similarly, every individual needs to accept that he/she has certain limitations – everybody cannot become a Hollywood/Bollywood star, everyone is not born with a silver spoon in the mouth, everyone is not a sports superstar – but always remember each individual is unique and has been born with a specific purpose in life.
So, it is best to accept who we are and live our life and serve the purpose for which we are born. Once, we accept our limitations, we can go beyond them and then, once we are on the spiritual path our sole goal becomes liberation or moksha. Even on the spiritual path we should accept our limitations and surrender completely and unconditionally to the Guru-energies and pray to them to lead us on to our goal. As we progress, we will be able to map our own spiritual milestones based on our spiritual experiences and dive deeper and deeper into our core.