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What Does It Take to Succeed? (Hint: It's Not IQ)
As parents, we’re obsessed with making sure that our children are set up to succeed in life. We constantly worry whether other children are better positioned to do well in school, in sports – you name it. But there’s good news: your child doesn’t have to be a genius to make a powerful and lasting impact on society. Liam Hudson, a prominent British psychologist, has concluded that a person with a 120 IQ is just as likely to win a Nobel Prize as someone with a 200 IQ.
It’s not your child’s IQ that matters so much as five attributes that you can help nurture in your child’s everyday life. Here are the five attributes, compliments of Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom:
2. Devotion to Passion
3. Persistence vs. Smarts Mind-Set
4. Tolerance for Failure
Michael Jordan once said, “I have missed more than nine thousand shots in my career. I have lost almost three hundred games. On twenty-six occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot . . . and missed. And I have failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
The only way for a person to go from good to great is practice. If you find that your child is frustrated by something, try to identify the aspects of his performance that are giving him trouble, help him improve, and encourage him to keep practicing until he gets it right.
6. Moral of the Story
What we’ve just gone through is actually very good news – because if one thing is clear, it’s that your child doesn’t need to have an IQ over 150 to be successful in life. The key is instilling the above traits early on – and nurturing and encouraging them every chance you get. If you do, your child will have a huge leg up on the competition.
Now that you know the five must-have skills, how does your child measure up in these areas? Here are some sample test questions from the ITBS®, a test that assesses general skills. Note: these questions are intended for children in the third grade.