Many of us define our ‘intelligence’ based on what we achieved academically. The grades we received in school, our ability in traditional subjects such as maths, english, science. ‘The system’ tells us that if we don’t achieve high grades, we aren’t intelligent.
But what if you didn’t achieve the top grades in school or university, how much is this idea that ‘you are not intelligent’ holding you back from pursuing a career path that interests you?
Your intelligence, or belief in your ‘lack of’ intelligence, can have serious detrimental impacts on the decisions you take, the paths you choose, the leaps of faith you make towards a more fulfilling career and ultimately life, simply because of you don’t trust, or believe in, your own intelligence, you think you will stupid, you aren’t ‘smart’ enough to make that step, you will just fail.
Your intelligence is highly individual. We all see the world through different lenses, with different perspectives, with different skills and each person is intelligent in their own way. Simply because you are not ‘book smart’ does not mean that you are not creative, practical, emotionally aware, coordinated, strategical, all of which are different forms of intelligence.
Forget grades and accolades, they are just a standardised approach to herd individuals through a system and shift your interpretation of the definition of ‘intelligence’; think of yourself, your own skill sets, your own strengths, in what ways are you intelligent? And begin to consider this new perspective of your own intelligence as a way in which you can propel your next move in your career?