Thirst for Knowledge

Tanishq Abraham, who was admitted to the high IQ society Mensa when he was four years old, enjoys learning about particle physics, antimatter, and expansion of the universe. Some people may wonder what we can learn from a child prodigy who was not even nine years old when he began attending college. I chose to write a post about Abraham because I strongly believe we can all learn something from him.

Even though Abraham understands complex subjects many people may never know, he is humble and willing to help others learn what he knows. In my opinion, the willingness to help others is more important than the knowledge itself. Regardless of our circumstances, we all have something to share and information we need to know. I believe it is our obligation to help others, and doing so makes the world a better place.

Think of the following video as a story about helping others, not a story about a child prodigy.


  1. What is your favorite subject to study?
  2. Are you as inspired to learn about your favorite subject now?
  3. What obstacles prevent you from learning now?
  4. What inspires you to succeed?
  5. Do you actively search for the support you need to be successful?


Click here to read another Beyond Adversity post.

Thanks to Esther who shared the video I used in this post, THNKR for conducting the interview and distributing the video, Tanishq Abraham for sharing his talents in the video, Bijou and Taji Abraham (parents of Tanishq) for adding background information to the interview, Tiara Abraham (sister of Tanishq) for participating in the interview, American River College for stimulating Tanishq’s mind, Dr. Paulo Afonso (Astronomy professor) for contributing his perspective to the interview, and Steve Sterling (Geology professor) for sharing his thoughts about Tanishq Abraham, YouTube for hosting the video, and all of the other people who made it possible for me to include the picture and video I used in this post.


  1. Thanks Scott for sharing about Tanishq’s love of learning ,passion for knowledge & sharing that info with others ! We have shared your blog on Twitter & Facebook 🙂 We have lot to learn from people like you.
    Warm regards – Taji

    1. Taji, thank you for sharing your feedback. One reasons the post is so valuable to this community is that in it, Tanishq demonstrates an ability to be optimistic in an environment filled with skeptics. There is no question in my mind that Tanishq has obvious intellectual and educational talents, but his less visible talents such as passion, humility, creativity, enthusiasm, and willingness to share are also important.

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