GS Article 4
HOW TO MAKE
YOUR GOALS BIGGER THAN YOUR IQ!
by Rajen Devadason
God will not look you over for medals, degrees
or diplomas, but for scars.
I don't know
what your IQ is, but high or low, thankfully it
doesn't matter much in the greater scheme of
You see, within reasonable limits, there is no
correlation between high IQs and large net
worths! In a broader context, this means that
you really don't need to be great at
everything to succeed in life. But -
and this is truly important - you
should know what it is that you are
good at so that you can WORK, WORK,
WORK at further excelling at it and
approach your God-given potential in
You see, even though we live in a global society
that elevates the importance of IQ, the truly
successful people in life aren't always the most
intelligent, as figured by conventional IQ tests
like the MENSA one I
coughed and sneezed my way through in London
more than two decades ago!
There are other metrics or yardsticks that are
more relevant to solid long-term success. For
Daniel Goleman's groundbreaking book Emotional
Intelligence, he asks, "What factors are
at play, for example, when people of high IQ
flounder and those of modest IQ do surprisingly
This is an article explaining why
raw intelligence often fails to lead
to abiding success, and why setting
appropriate goals, effectively, is a
much better predictor of eventual
accomplishment. I hope you enjoy
reading it. But if it isn't what
you're looking for, you're welcome
to search for something that better meets
your needs. Thank you for allowing
me to serve you.
Goleman goes on to answer his own question:
"I would argue that the difference quite often
lies in the abilities called here
which include self-control,
zeal and persistence,
and the ability to
The way I see it, while pure IQ is a useful
indicator of potential, it is not the be all and
end all of success. If you have a high IQ,
please accept my congratulations, but don't let
it go to your head (bad pun intended)!
Just scoring a higher number on a test doesn't
make you a better human being any more than
weighing more or standing taller than your
neighbour makes you a superior specimen of our
Conversely, even if you don't have a
stratospheric IQ, that also may be reason for
congratulations. Whether it is or not, depends
solely on you.
The true predictors of success are nestled in
your heart, not your head. Your ability to
exercise compassion, love, self-discipline,
long-term sacrifice, even delayed gratification
in the realm of personal finance, all count for
much, much, much more!
So, I would suggest that if you have been
feeling depressed about your life, you should
bring things back into sharp focus by making a
list of all your strengths - actual and
Spend time doing this exercise... on paper and
preferably all by yourself. Don't rush.
permission to work on this life-altering
exercise slowly and meticulously.
If you complete it in less than an hour, you
wouldn't have done the exercise or yourself
Once you have a long enough list, then make
another one, this time of your key lifetime
goals. This exercise should take even longer.
My experience and research have taught me that
in most countries, 97% of individuals don't have
This means only 3% of people do. Guess which
group ends up working for the other?
Do write your goals down - include important
physical, spiritual, financial, emotional,
career, intellectual and
social goals, plus anything else you can think
of. Then prioritise them.
Once you have that tidy second list of goals,
lay it by the side of that earlier written list
of personal strengths I asked you to generate.
(If you didn't pen down that list, now's a good
a time as any to get cracking on an exercise
that could very well help you leap ahead
of most of the people you know in the decades
Once you get around to putting those two lists -
the first of your strengths and the second of
your cherished goals - side
by side, just a wee bit more of brain strain and
imagination will magically allow you to begin to see
connections, possibilities, avenues
and plans in embryonic form.
I urge you to develop
I plead with you
to act on
Simply because I know
you will thrive
© Rajen Devadason