Forget about IQ. It’s not working for us.
Our scores on IQ tests are not much of a predictor of how well we will achieve in the real world.
A high IQ doesn’t make people skilled at working with others, streetwise, imaginative, or resilient to setbacks. Even top scientists have to know how to work together and we all need resilience so that we can stay focused and motivated.
Here’s a suggestion. Let’s adopt the American meaning of ‘smart’ - meaning clever, not cheeky.
Researchers now recognise practical, intuitive, ethical and social intelligence. Smart is flexible enough to include all those qualities.