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Old 07-25-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: bold new city of the south
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I have been called an under-achiever, on a few occasions, especially when I was young.
I had around 25 first cousins. The two with the highest IQ's were a retired general in the
US Air Force, and long-time substance user. The rest of us fall somewhere in between.

I am generally around 120 or so, and believe I am in the upper 20% of my family in IQ,
though not all agree with my ratings.

There are so many factors in who is successful, depending on what you agree is being
successful, and who is not successful.

Where does IQ help the most, and how much does it factor, in the long run?
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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Wisdom and emotional intelligence along with compassion is more important than the brains capacity to memorize or to do rapid calculations...A person with a high IQ might have little social awareness - it takes more to be smart than just being smart. The old definition demon used to be "A fast moving spirit" - no ethics no real brain power...a big fast motor in a car does not always make for the best transportation to get you from point A too B . Faster does not equate to better...When I was a kid I resented taking IQ tests....I would intentionally try to provide as many wrong answers as possible...Still they would take me aside and say "Not saying you are a genius but your IQ is above average--- go figure- If I was so smart I would not be laying in bed broke on this lap top.
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I was told the higher the IQ the more you should keep nyour mouth shut.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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^^^ LOL … I think good common sense is more important; and with that you can find the answers to any questions that come up. I’ve seen too many high-end achievers that couldn’t find the way out of the building at the end of the workday. Now how how smart is that?????
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:01 PM
 
Location: southern california
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brain is like a muscle use it it gets stronger.
babbling alot about your iq is a sure indicator of low self esteem.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:58 PM
 
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An above average IQ is a fine thing to have. A high IQ doesn't mean a whole lot.
Simply put, the higher your IQ score, the more you're capable of learning - well, more. That's all.

I'm one of those people who have one, so I should know. Not boasting, just saying, so you know what I said above is straight dope.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Between Heaven And Hell.
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It doesn't help me.

I'm just more capable of understanding insults that are thrown in my direction!
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I've known rich people that were miserable unhappy SOB's and I've known poor people that were richer and happier by far. Happiness is the only thing that matters. IQ is only and indicator of your ability to learn in a very narrow field. I think life experience is more important.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:39 PM
 
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I have been called an under-achiever, on a few occasions, especially when I was young.
That sucks. What an insensitive person that was. Obviously a stunted personality disorder going on there. Just feel sorry for them in their limitations and let that go.

I believe that as long as you can conduct your life to your satisfaction, you are doing okay. Only you can know if you've not done your best. If you haven't, do better the next time. The past is over. All you have is now. Are you happy? If so, than you are fine. If you are not, either change your circumstances, or your thinking.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I'd rather have common sense.
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