Do academically mediocre people develop good people-skills to compensate for it?
I am an average guy with an average intelligence. I won’t fit the definition of a medically/academically intelligent person.
Now, when it comes to intelligence, I can’t change my IQ, unfortunately. What I can change is my emotional intelligence, my EQ.
EQ is more malleable and can be learned at any stage of life.
You might have heard this quote:
“It’s not what you know but who you know that determines your success in life.”
I have seen so many intelligent people lose everything and live a miserable life. They had all the intelligence in the world but they did not have the emotional capacity to deal with situations in their life, which eventually led to their own destruction. They were too smart for their own good.
In fact, it takes a reasonable amount of intelligence and the capacity to not give up that will lead to success.
I recently read a book by Daniel Goleman called Emotional Intelligence. If you just read one book in your life, let it be this one.
It will open your eyes to a whole new world. And coming back to our point of compensating for academic intelligence with people skills.
I hope now you can see it is not just a necessity, but a good thing. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, if you don’t have emotional intelligence, you will only be as successful.
It doesn’t take a genius to change a light bulb, it takes a bit of initiative.
Be great with people, be emotionally intelligent, and be relentless.