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Do you feel you are intelligent?

post #1 of 240
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Do you feel you are intelligent? Do you think your success in life correlates to your intelligence? Why or why not?
post #2 of 240
1st question: yes

2nd question: no, i'm still too young and have a lot to learn. making good progress though
post #3 of 240
I'm not smart, but I'm clever. I think it's stopped me from being successful at my current job. I have zero desire or drive to succeed for my company when I feel I'm being treated unfairly.
post #4 of 240
According to many people I know and however many standardized intelligence tests I take, I'm damn smart. Clever, excellent reasoning skills, and a retention rate second to few.

However, look at the grades I'm pulling down (i'm passing, but they aren't pretty). Deal is, i can't perform for someone I don't respect. If i respect my boss or teacher I'll make him the happiest man on earth with my performance capability. If I think he's just having me do a bunch of busy work and can't tell me what it has to do with anything, then I'll treat it like busy work that doesn't have to do with anything.

So my level of achievement has nothing directly to do with my intelligence.
post #5 of 240
I'll be making 800K soon and my intelligence is expanding like the universe, slowly but constant. However, in its static state, it's well below average.
post #6 of 240
Enough si'd.

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and a retention rate second to few
post #7 of 240
If I have one fatal flaw, it's I'm too smart for my own good, for someone of my position/status. I've pretty much ruled out working in large corporations.
post #8 of 240
I don't think I am smart but I am clever enough to grab good opportunity.
I think my success in life are not correlates only to my intelligence but to some luck as well.
post #9 of 240
ok, I'll bite.

I test pretty well, and I have been in several frameworks that tested me, so I know exactly where I fall on the bell curve.

there are several issues about intellegence and success

1. there is a window of "success" - people who are extremly intellegent usually aren't that successful, you have a lot of very successful people in their 130's and low 140's, above that it can be difficult to adapt to society. many, or most, of the people you think of as successful are probrably in their 120's.

2. there are many diffirent types of intellegence - I am lucky in that my intellegence is in an area that has been very helpful to me: it seems that I have an aptitude for understanding how people interact, for identifying patterns in social interactions and organizations. I have been able to leverage that in a sales managment career. on the other hand, my skill at putting together puzzles is probrably equal to an average 10 year old, because I have very weak skills in that area.

3. other traits can be as important, if not more so. if I were to say what contirbuted to my success, I would say equal parts intellegence and tenacity, probrably.
post #10 of 240
Bad:
-Poor memory and attention span from drug years
-Poor verbal communication skills
-Ill-informed in politics, money, current events, general history, etc.

Good:
-Fairly skilled at critical thinking (conceptualization/abstraction, logic, language, objectivity, awareness of epistemological limitations, etc.), even though I have few topics with which I can use those skills
-Good written communication skills

I voted above average. I'm assuming that the average Joe is also ill-informed, burnt out, and lacks critical thinking abilities. My listed pros and cons have helped and hurt my career for obvious reasons.
post #11 of 240
I love that 44% of the respondents think they're in the top 5%. Hmmmm. Something about that doesn't jive in my head.

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I love that 44% of the respondents think they're in the top 5%. Hmmmm. Something about that doesn't jive in my head.

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It makes sense to me, we are a self selecting narcissistic group after all (I voted top 5% as well).
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I love that 44% of the respondents think they're in the top 5%. Hmmmm. Something about that doesn't jive in my head. b
Only intelligent people respond? It's like doing a poll of SAT scores. You'd think the National Merit Foundation must be bankrupt.
post #14 of 240
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I love that 44% of the respondents think they're in the top 5%. Hmmmm. Something about that doesn't jive in my head.

b

Two thirds of the world is underdeveloped or developing. I'm approximating that one third of the developed world is college educated, tentatively inferring from US numbers and recognizing that college education is not necessarily indicative of intelligence. So if you have a college degree, you are already in the ~10th percentile of smartitude.
post #15 of 240
I was going with "top 5% of SF," not the probably intended, top 5% of your country or the world.

I'm def. top 5 in the world. Probably in the country. Fuck that. Top 1%!

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