Have you ever known someone, or several people, who you consider extraordinarily “smart” or “intelligent”. And It’s not just you, everyone else you know who knows these people would agree. These are people who you are sure would score close to, or in the gifted range, on an IQ test. Yet despite that high IQ, these same people cannot seem to maintain any level of success. They just can’t seem to get it, or keep it, together. They are for whatever reason, and most unfortunately, underachieving…
I think that there is an assumption out there that straight As equal a successful life. But if you take a look at the successful, there are countless examples of people who didn’t go the traditional academic route, or weren’t in the top of their class, yet who do quite well in life regardless. Some quite astounding in fact.
So if IQ doesn’t solely determine our level of success then what does?
I recently read the following quote:
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.
I have found that IQ is almost useless without a variety of other important yet less frequently considered traits such as the following:
- High tolerance for frustration
- High ability to delay gratification
- Realism and/or optimism
- Drive and desire
- Internal Motivation
- Belief and faith
I am sure that you can add a few more strengths to the list. That is what I would refer to those qualities listed as, personal strengths.
While I am not as sure that we can do much to improve the range within our own IQ falls, I am sure that we do have a lot of control over how we facilitate and maximize the use of our strengths.
We all have our own unique constellation of strengths and weaknesses. If you’re struggling to succeed, and you have been for awhile, it might be time to upgrade some of your strengths or “tools” with some targeted self-work. Let nothing that is within your control to change stand in your way…