I’ve never had my IQ tested. I just never cared to.
I’ve never been worried about my IQ.
Except on days when I struggle to come up with creative ideas or creative solutions.
Except on days ending in Y.
Angela Duckworth has come to my rescue!
“What struck me was that IQ was not the only difference between my best and my worst students,” she shared in her recent TED talk. “Some of my strongest performers did not have stratospheric IQ scores. Some of my smartest kids weren’t doing so well.”
After teaching in New York City, Duckworth went to graduate school to become a psychologist, where she studied what types of people were successful at West Point Military Academy, the National Spelling Bee, in classrooms, and beyond. Again, she said, “it wasn’t social intelligence. It wasn’t good looks, physical health, and it wasn’t IQ. It was grit.”
Thank goodness! I won’t worry about my IQ anymore.
Now I can safely worry about whether I have enough ‘grit’.