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Business Consulting For The 21st Century Via A Holistic & Intelligent Approach

Are you smart enough to be successful?

Answered => “Why are many people who are very smart not also rich?” on Quora.

=> My answer…

Please consider the following:

—IQ isn’t everything.
—Money isn’t everything.
—Success is more a function of effort than ideas.
—IQ does not equal vision, ambition, etc.
—Different people have different priorities.
—Luck, or the lack there of.
—An environment that doesn’t bring out the best in them.
—”Book smart” is too often confused with legitimate intelligence.
—They know too much (i.e., fear of failure).
—They are successful (on their own terms), you’re just not smart enough to recognize it (based on your criteria).

  1. Mike A

    I think your last point is one of the most important ones in your list. Success is measured against very personal expectations. Not everyone bases this on how well one “keeps up with the Joneses”. With that said, I think one of the biggest mistakes that many individuals make is that they fail to identify what their personal measures of success are. Rather, they get into a mode of “doing” without ever really thinking about the ultimate goal. The end result? The person has no idea whether they’ve succeeded OR failed. This is why individuals (and companies) abandon plans too soon. They haven’t properly outlined what their personal success metrics are.

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