Have you ever had your IQ tested? I know I haven’t. I don’t think I ever will.
- I don’t care.
- I feel good about myself as it is.
- I don’t need my ego stroked.
- And I have nothing to prove.
When IQ is brought up in conversation, it’s usually for one of those reasons.
Or it’s to “praise” people with a high IQ like Einstein.
Other than the areas where IQ matters, there are 7 lies we’ve all been spoon fed.
1. IQ is “the holy grail”
I have no idea what my IQ is. All I know is I have intelligence. That’s all that matters in the end.
But depending on who you ask, they’ll swear to you that “a high IQ” is a big deal.
The only reason society believes a high IQ is important is because the education system has brainwashed us to believe it.
Why would they lie?
How else do you think they make money?
Why do you think grades exist in the first place?
Without grades you can’t “measure intelligence” correctly (so they say).
That’s why someone like me who had no better than D and F grades is deemed unintelligent compared to an A star student. Even if that doesn’t translate to real world results.
Selling the idea of IQ being important keeps colleges and universities in business.
But that doesn’t mean it’s important or even legitimate.
It’s a scam.
2. IQ makes you superior to other human beings
“People who boast about their IQ are losers.” – Stephen Hawking
I’m just a stupid idiot who will amount to nothing because I lack intelligence and good grades.
Or at least that’s what some people told me back in high school. 😉
I know a guy I’m thinking of who bragged about his grades, relative to my own. As if it made him superior.
The last time I seen this guy (over 10 years later) it was clear his IQ didn’t matter at all.
I’ve seen similar people from my high school days who are no longer the cocky, “superior” bastards society had tricked them into believing.
IQ is a made up metric used by people who have an agenda
In the real world nobody gives a shit about your IQ, even if you’re a doctor or a scientist.
Using IQ to fill a void is the equivalent of cutting off your arm and trying to sow it back together with a thread and needle…
It won’t work.
And it’s plain stupid.
3. A high IQ makes you a genius
This myth stems from famous guys like Albert Einstein.
He’s known to have a high IQ. And because he’s “successful” by society’s standards, we’ve conjured up this belief that a high IQ guarantees you’ll become a genius.
What does it even mean to be a genius?
Musicians, writers, entrepreneurs, athletes… Plenty of these types of people are considered geniuses (the famous ones at least).
And yet many of them have lower IQ’s than Albert Einstein, or whatever person you wanna use as reference.
Here’s how genius is defined:
- Natural ability.
- Very clever.
- Exceptional in one way or another.
What’s that got to do with IQ exactly?
Believing you’re a genius because you have a high IQ is like me believing I’m Bill Gates because I wear glasses and a blue shirt.
Or in the case of this teenage celebrity, believing you’re black when you’re “white”.
4. A high IQ makes you entitled to success
You see it all the time in schools, colleges and universities. The “smart” guy who gets some of the highest grades of anybody believes they’re more entitled to success than others.
But more often than not, the reality plays out a lot differently than what these entitled people end up believing
I know smart guys who do work that’s well below what their degrees and grades would tell you.
And I knew one guy in school who, despite having the “smarts” for academics, ended up in jail for a few years.
These stories and examples aren’t exaggerations… it’s just a reflection of the facts.
IQ by itself is useless.
The entitlement game is a dangerous one to play, and educational institutions don’t give a shit either way. Since they encourage it and get paid off it.
5. A “high” IQ is a necessity
Like I said before, I don’t know what my IQ is. I just know I have intelligence, street smarts, and I’m mentally able.
Beyond that it doesn’t matter what an IQ test tells me, because the rest is down to my input, effort, practice, hard work and observation.
As long as you’re human, you have enough intelligence as it is. Sometimes even too much.
That’s why as humans we make so many stupid mistakes over and over again, while failing to learn why the mistake keeps showing up like a song on repeat.
It’s about time we start putting less focus on a high IQ, and more focus on EQ (emotional intelligence), and other things that matter. Like our strengths, skills and natural abilities.
The educational system is partly to blame for the millions of people who have poor self-esteem, because the system encourages this type of behaviour, instead of encouraging us as individuals to work on our strengths.
Which will ultimately lead to a happier life.
What’s your take on IQ?