Correctly identifying the word genius is a difficult task. The most common way people choose define the word genius is a person who displays exceptional achievement in their respected field. “The scientifically way to classify a genius is having an IQ higher than 140″( Simonton). When you think of the world’s most famous scientist like Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin you notice that they all have the common trait of being a scientifically classified genius, and they all have left powerful marks on society in their respected scientific fields.
However there has been no scientific evidence that proves there is a correlation between a high IQ and a success rate. For example George Berkeley, a famous philosopher, scored higher on his IQ test compared to Isaac Newton and Newton is one of the most accomplished scientist of all time. Also more people know Isaac Newton and his famous Laws of Physics than they do of George Berkeley and his theory on Immaterialism. Even though both are highly accomplished the lower person with the lower IQ is more successful in this case.There have been countless studies that prove that intelligence alone does not automatically mean you are going to be successful. ” IQ test have so many portions it’s impossible to to properly say it measures anything. As people have many strengths and weaknesses” ( Berube).
A professor at the University of Chicago decided to tackle this very subject and her results were very interesting. She was able to come to the conclusion that there is no correlation in the average intelligent person’s success rate and a scientifically classified geniuses success rate. In her research she was able to find a correlation in exception of people who have lower IQ’s not being successful. This study has been disputed by many as people are of the belief that an IQ does not measure true intelligence.
Dennis Garlick, a professor at the University of California Berkeley, says” the test is more of a conceptual based test with questions meant to trick you or see how creative you are not a math or science based question” (Garlick). In a 2010 scientist gathered three groups of the same type of people. One with an IQ higher than 140 ( Scientifically classified genius), A second with an IQ ranging from 120-139, and a third with IQs ranging from 85-119 ( National Average).
These groups were given three tasks and were studied on how they went about solving them. The results proved what Dennis Garlick said in that IQ does not necessarily measure intelligence but measures more of creativity. Elsbeth Stern, a professor at ETH Zurich, dismissed this claim has she says that “An IQ was made to show your ability to solve theoretical problems” ( Bergamin). The actual original intention was not to measure intelligence but was meant to measure creativity says Heidi Moward, a neurologist at the University of Chicago.
Some of the most accomplished people of all time are not classified as geniuses. Research conducted at Carnegie Institute of Technology showed that eighty-five percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Astonishing ,the remaining fifteen percent is due to technical knowledge. Additionally, Nobel Prize winning Israeli-American psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, conducted a study and found that people would rather do business with a person they like and trust rather than someone they don’t. Daniel Kahneman also found in his research that even if the likeable person is offering a lower quality product or service at a higher price that the likeable will most likely still get their business. “With this in mind, instead of exclusively focusing on your conventional intelligence quotient, you should make an investment in strengthening your EQ (Emotional Intelligence), MQ (Moral Intelligence), and BQ (Body Intelligence). These concepts may be elusive and difficult to measure, but their significance is far greater than IQ” ( Jensen).
A common question is do geniuses use different parts of the brains than non geniuses, and does this affect how they solve the problem. A few interesting research studies show that people who have an IQ above an average level use different regions of the brain while solving tasks than people with average IQ scores. A research study conducted at The University of Ljubljana, showed that people who had an IQ above 127 (categorized as highly intelligent) were more efficiently able to use different regions of the brain when solving tasks. Stanford University followed up on this research a few years later and this time, participants were asked to solve analytical problems as well as to identify emotions. The students were able to achieve similar results but the participants only had an IQ above 124. Given this is only a 2.4 percent difference most people think it’s safe to say that these results are credible.
With these research studies we can see the highly intelligent individuals used a different part of the brain to solve these tasks than the participants who had normal, average intelligence. The biggest complication with relying on IQ? or even IQ-style, theoretical questions ?to predict business success isn’t with what IQ actually measures. In fact a cognitive ability is crucial in the business world. The main issue is what an IQ score doesn’t tell. “Your IQ score won’t tell your boss or interviewer anything about your emotional intelligence, your creativity, or your practical intelligence. All of these can better be defined as street smarts.
As much as we sometimes wish they did, everyday business problems don’t necessarily have a single right answer reached by a single method, and they aren’t removed entirely from outside experiences ” ( Kolowich). Everyday business problems? require you to recognize the existence of a problem, seek out information that could be used to solve your problem, gather various acceptable solutions just in case your original solution doesn’t solve your issue, and evaluate those solutions in the context of prior experience and relationships to better help you in future similar scenarios. They also require you to be motivated and involve yourself personally. While the cognitive intelligence and specific skill sets you might need to score high on an IQ test may correlate to some success depending on your job, there are other, sometimes more important ways to measure success in the business world.
One major example of an alternative indicator of success? Your emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence can best be defined as your ability to identify and monitor emotions? both your own and others. It’s critical for problem solving and relationship building in the business world. Business are not interested in people who can stand up and recite the Fibonacci sequence on the spot, they are more interested in the person who is going to get the job done in the cheapest and most efficient way possible.
If you have trouble handling change and developing and managing productive relationships, you’ll find it challenging to find major success in many business roles. While there’s still disagreement on exactly how much emotional intelligence contributes to career success, even the most skeptical studies find that emotional intelligence is “probably as valuable as your intellectual and technical skills.” (Michalko). Another interesting measure of success? Something called “grit.” Studies at the University of Pennsylvania found that students who don’t have the highest IQs in their class but still received high grades share “grit” in common.
“Grit is defined by by individuals who demonstrate passion and perseverance toward a goal despite being confronted by significant obstacles and distractions” (Vennare). Those who possess grit are able to self-regulate and postpone their need for positive reinforcement while working diligently on a task. Dinosaurs are a diverse group of reptiles of the clade Dinosauria that first appeared during the Triassic period