But don’t forget that IQ isn’t the best measure of potential. Many people gain professional success without necessarily scoring high on standardized tests. Your EQ, or emotional intelligence quotient, is key. Besides, how meaningful is an excellent brain if you lack the self-confidence and emotional assurance to share and apply what you have?
Take a student with a high IQ who has every potential to do well in school. But due to some bad hang-ups, drug addictions, or a traumatic past he or she decides to flunk out. Meanwhile, someone else with less impressive scores but better emotional control manages to do the exact opposite. And get smarter.