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AOW – Does Talent Matter February 5, 2012

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 10:56 pm

I think the article,” Sorry, Strivers: Talent Matters,” makes sense because as they say, practice does matter.  Intelligence just matters too.  Even the researchers who talk about practice being the most important say IQ does not matter above 120.  120 is a high IQ since I have been told that average IQ is 85 to 115, so really, these two researchers are not that much in disagreement.  IQ and practice both help you, so to be the very best you need to be lucky to be born smart and then work hard to use your intelligence to accomplish something.

I think there are 4 main groups:

1. Born with IQ below 120 and then don’t work very hard:

These people are not going to have very much success.  They were not lucky to have above average IQ and they are not practicing at anything, so they probably will  be average in school and in their jobs.  They will have average success if they have average IQ and work a little.  If their IQ is low and they don’t practice and work hard, they may have a hard time in life.

2. Born with IQ above 120 and don’t work very hard:

These people will probably do ok but not as good as they could.  They might have the potential to discover something new or invent something helpful but they are not putting enough effort into using their intelligence to do something great.

3. Born with IQ below 120 and working hard:

Unless their IQ is really low, these people may be very successful because they have made up for their intelligence with hard work.  They will probably be successful in life but because they have average or below IQ, they probably will not cure cancer or make the huge discovery.

4. Born with IQ over 120 and working very hard.

These are the people who have the chance to really do great things. They are lucky to be born with a high IQ and they are putting all of their talents to good use.  According to the research in the article, the people who do really great things have very high IQs.  I think they must also work hard to benefit from the really high IQ.

Like the article says, you maybe can get a PhD with average IQ but it is going to be hard and the odds are definitely against you being the person to cure cancer.  I say you might as well try to be the best you can, be because you may be the one to beat the odds.  You cannot change what you are born with, but you can change how much you use your talents.

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