The Correlation between IQ and Success in Life Is Not Real Great

SHI: I’m seeing a lot of lower IQ people who are way more successful than I (all my friends and acquaintances).

The correlation with success is not real good. The thing is success isn’t based on how smart you are. It’s based on all sorts of stupid bullshit instead. IQ does indeed test how smart you are.

SHI: IQ’s an outdated concept.

It’s not. IQ absolutely measures intelligence and it’s the best measure ever invented to test intelligence. It’s never been surpassed. It’s just that raw intelligence doesn’t correlate well with all sorts of stuff, including success.

And humans don’t value intelligence per se for shit. A lot of them either actually hate it or simply are indifferent to it. The only people impressed by brains are really smart people. The less intelligent you are, the more indifferent you are to intelligence. Or even hostile to it.

SHI: IQ’s an outdated concept. If I were more intelligent, I would have been more successful. Simple!

Yeah that’s never been true. All sorts of IQ fetishists, often actual Aspergers types, say this. As I said the correlation of intelligence and success in life is not real great. Humans simply don’t value intelligence per se. They value all sorts of stupid bullshit instead.

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3 thoughts on “The Correlation between IQ and Success in Life Is Not Real Great”

  1. Success could depend on how much business sense you’ve got and any available capital. If you had someone good at picking a businesses and business models and had good credit and a good job, then you could very well be looking at a very successful person.

    Anyway, this could be someone with or without a college degree. In fact, a college degree is way overrated. Well, a college degree is just a way of saying you’re a way more productive worker – for someone else. However, any good high paying job just means more capital for the business whiz.

    IQ? IQ in business isn’t the same as IQ in other things. Well, Robert Kiyosaki writes about this in his books. I mean, as I said before, it’s more about business street smarts than proving the Pythagorean theorem.

    Anyway, I’ve seen people inherit money only to blow it in a couple of weeks via drugs, being too nice to people, etc.. It’s all about giving the money to the right people. If the wrong people get it, then it’s a disaster!

  2. I’ve seen genius dentists, accountants, etc. have a nervous breakdowns and quit their professional job. A monotonous white-collar job is hard on freakishly intelligent minds. After the breakdown they tend towards simple blue-collar jobs, perhaps where they can entertain themselves.

    Musicians are the same way, a demanding job can stifle their creativity. There’s also a theory about great minds being passed for promotion in favor of more humble conforming minds. So in a way the professionals are just average – the real diamonds are in the rough.

    1. Musicians are the same way, a demanding job can stifle their creativity. There’s also a theory about great minds being passed for promotion in favor of more humble conforming minds. So in a way the professionals are just average – the real diamonds are in the rough.

      Music requires a huge amount of capital. Unless there are scholarships or something – a job is very useful use of time – whether it be washing dishes or something way up from that. However, I won’t deny that practice/composing is hard to come by – and tons of time is needed.

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