Were you given a bum steer towards success? Were you the guy that was told by your parents that intelligence wins the game of life?
I don’t know about you but I had expressions like:
you only never need work once in your life. You decide whether it’s for 15 years at school or for 50 years in a job
rammed down my throat as I was growing up. I guess this was my parent’s way of stirring the pain of an undesirable future to motivate me to take action in my schooling. I certainly do not resent my parents for this.
My mum would always say that it’s intelligence that gets you success. Whilst I agree that intelligence is a better attribute than having brute physical strength, which is of course what teenage boys want most – to be the hardest and most respected “tough guy” on the block.
One of the factors that got me started in Internet Marketing is the lure of a flexible lifestyle where I could enjoy the real currency of life… time and freedom with which to enjoy it! I realised that serious wealth creators and entrepreneurial thinkers are not always gifted intellects. Financial wealth doesn’t care about how smart you are – it will find the most or least intellectual people if they do the right things with the right attitude.
There are many examples in the business world of “C” grade students employing “A” grade students.
Artificial Intelligence: The Intelligence Illusion
They go to university or get a college degree online, where for the most part, they’re conditioned to serve in someone else’s company as an employee.
Look around and ask yourself:
How many really intelligent people are turning in every day at 9 am to report to a boss which certainly doesn’t have their best interests at heart?
How many people do you know on the Internet Marketing circuit that has broken through earning thousands and thousands of dollars and they’re barely out of their teen years and certainly don’t have an IQ and overall wisdom of the world like you? I think the answers to those two questions reveal something very interesting. After all, as an entrepreneur, you view things by the results you get, right? I think it’s clear to see that my mum was wrong – sorry mum!
Intelligence does not win the race. Intelligence often leads you down a path of being an intellectual where you intellectualise or analyse everything around you even dismissing things that are entirely possible to do as impossible to do. They will come up with reasonable sounding objections such as that cannot be done because [...fill in the blanks...]
In fact, where do the intellectuals go once they have left school? They go to university, where for the most part, they’re conditioned to serve in someone else’s company as an employee.
Before I go any further… I’m NOT against employees or intellectuals. I’m merely observing a pattern widespread in our society that has us chasing an illusion… that the accumulation of intelligence is the goal or the means of getting success. I mean, what is the measure used to signify intelligence?
When we’re not getting the result we want (more money, time and freedom), what do we pursue?
Surely we must soon arrive at the thinking that knowledge is important but it can only be important if it’s coupled with determined persistent action towards a definitive goal.
I certainly know how the pursuit of becoming more intelligent for more success has played out in my life. I didn’t start to get the results that I wanted until I purposely made an internal shift in my thinking. The shift in my thinking was achieved by constant exposure to great teachers that have been before me who showed me there was another life other than the 9-5 existence that we’re conditioned to think is our “job lot”.
I just wanted to share my story with you so if you were taught to believe that intelligence (or knowledge) is the trait that gives you success, which is represented in our physical world as qualifications, then there are more important character traits that you can develop within yourself to give you a greater chance of success.
Emotional traits (measured as EQ) will help you to achieve more in the entrepreneurial world than IQ. The business world is full of taking calculated risks and emotional strength and intelligence certainly helps you to triumph.
Who’s going to succeed the most? The intellectual who ponders the ways of the world, or the half-wit go getting action taker who won’t settle for anything less than the life he knows he deserves.
I think we can all see the answer to this.
Remember to keep conditioning your mind for success. What goes into your mind affects the output you produce and the value you present to your customers. Of course, the creation of financial wealth in your life is a representation of that value you create through your ability to solve your prospect’s problems. Be careful not to chase an illusion and work purposefully on developing character traits that you see are getting your desired result for other people.
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