Nature has a way of compensating for the things we lack. We are given the opportunity to have that equal chance of survival and development. Having a small stature and build doesn’t mean you are at the bottom of the survivability steps or the weakest link to the development chain. Physically small people somehow have redeeming qualities that more or less make up for their lack of suitable height or build. They often have admirable qualities, cheerful personalities or exceptional intelligence.

Scientists propose that nature has an ingenious way of giving organisms an equal chance of survival and growth. The expression “small but terrible” does have a truth to it when it comes to different organisms. In small animals, they have the advantage of faster movement and better maneuverability compared to bigger animals. Small animals are also able to quickly find safe places to hide and can effectively conceal themselves to avoid predators.

Although considered relatively weak and disadvantaged, small organisms find amazing ways to make up for their weakness. One of them is through cooperation. Take the ants for example. They are just a few millimeters long and weigh just a few milligrams. Through cooperation, ants are capable of doing amazing feats such as carrying food and materials many times larger than their size. One ant is capable of lifting a weight 25 times its own weight. A dead mature grasshopper is about a hundred times heavier and larger than a single ant. But if a hundred or more ants come together and lift the grasshopper, they can be able to bring it back to their nest as a food source. Wolves and prairie dogs are relatively small predators compared to deer, moose or buffalos. But when they hunt cooperatively as a pack, they become efficient and successful hunters and take down animals much larger than themselves.

When it comes to defending themselves, small organisms often make the most dangerous defense mechanisms. The most common of them is through venom. Small organisms such as frogs, snakes, spiders, scorpions and jellyfish have the most potent venom used for getting food and for defense. The smaller they are, the more dangerous their venoms become.

What does this fact tell about humans? How do small individuals compensate for their seeming lack of proportionate body mass and physical attributes? As mentioned earlier, they do this through commendable personality, strength of character, extraordinary talent and through intelligence. Because small individuals are often not athletically capable and inclined, they find other avenues where they can excel and thrive. Most of them spend more time reading books and other materials that can enhance their knowledge and intelligence. Thus, they do a different kind of athleticism and workout – for their brains. They can take their inspiration from one of the most brilliant minds in history: Albert Einstein.

Einstein was relatively small for his build. At 5 feet and 7 inches, he stunned his taller contemporary scientists by coming up with the most famous theory: the theory of relativity. He might have been small but his ideas and theories were remarkably great because of his big brain. So for small people out there, don’t worry about not having the brawns. You can still make up for lack of well-sculpted muscles and height by working out one of your most important organs: your brain!

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