You have probably heard about IQ before.
You may even have taken some free online quiz that promises to reveal how smart you are compared to Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking.
So, exactly what is IQ?
How is it measured?
And does it really matter?
That’s what I’m going to chat with Tom Corley about in today’s Rich Habits Poor Habits podcast.
And you’ll be pleased to learn that your IQ or your intelligence isn’t fixed. There are things you can do to increase it and other things that you may be doing that could decrease it.
Let’s start with a quick disclaimer…
Having a lower IQ doesn’t mean a person is unable to have a high quality, successful life, and vice versa.
Most people have the capacity to learn regardless of their intelligence quotient score.
However, some are simply able to learn more quickly or more easily than others.
Some people may struggle in one area and have a weakness in one or more types of intelligence while they’re very successful in other areas.
I love Albert Einstein’s famous quote when he said:
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Can You Really Increase Your IQ?
There’s science behind the idea that you can grow your IQ.
Certain activities that force your brain to work can increase the number of dendrites your brain cells produce, as well as the number of branches on the axon trunk.
Activities that grow your IQ include:
- Exercise, particularly aerobic exercise
- Learning activities (auditory, kinetic, tactile, and visual)
- Practicing existing skills
- Novel activities
- Learning something new
Activities that decrease your IQ include:
- Watching TV
- Not reading
- Scrolling social media
- Sleeping too much
- Wasting time
- Being close-minded
It’s easier to increase your IQ when you’re younger, and it’s more difficult as you get older. However, it is definitely possible even as you get older. It’s really your habits that determine your genetics.
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Some of our favourite quotes from the show:
“It’s not really a competition with other people, how you compare. We don’t want to do it that way.” –Michael Yardney
“Your IQ isn’t fixed at birth, and it’s really your habits, not your genetics, that are going to determine your intelligence.” – Michael Yardney
“Nothing’s as painful as being stuck where you don’t belong.” – Michael Yardney
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