Do You Need to be Intelligent to be Successful Or Do You Actually Need This More?

by | Aug 7, 2022

Do you really need a high level of intelligence to be successful? Hey, it’s Tenille. I’m here to help you with your mindset and strategy in your online business so that you can create more time freedom, more flexibility in your business, and more money.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about whether you need to be intelligent to be successful. Or if there’s something more important than what is required, we often associate success with a high IQ because we can think of many examples of people with a really high level of intelligence that have been successful. 

But do you really need a high level of intelligence to be successful? Well, there are also a lot of examples of people with lower IQs who have found massive success. 

And so, it doesn’t always correlate that you have to be intelligent to be successful or that you don’t have to be intelligent to be successful. So what is it that you actually need that could be more important than that? 

What is More Important than Intelligence?

If intelligence isn’t a reliable predictor of success, then what is? In short, it’s our behaviors or actions that lead to success.

Whether we’re talking about competing in sports, making money in a business, or any other endeavors and goals that we have, when you’re continually taking action and continuously improving on the actions that you take, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be successful in your goals, as long as you are taking the right actions. 

Behind Being Successful

So then, what are the right actions to take to reach the level of success that you desire? Remember that when you see someone you deem successful, what you see is their end result; that’s the part they will more publicize or show off on social media and talk about the most. 

So, it can be easy to think they just popped up with their success overnight. But you don’t see the many failures and trials they’ve had to get there. 

This can give us a false idea that success is quick, easy, and can happen overnight. When that’s rarely the case. In reality, there are likely many obstacles to crossing a long time of trying, failing, learning and trying again, and not giving up, leading to success. 

For example, some people would consider me successful, but that depends on whom you compare me to. But I can guarantee you that along my journey to my level of success and the journey I will take to the next level of success, there have been many sleepless nights and, frankly, tantrums, crying on the floor, meltdowns, and challenges that I could never have foreseen. 

And there have been times when it has felt like I was never going to get that. And it’s been really hard. But when I’m crying on the kitchen floor and having a meltdown, no one really pulls out a camera and puts that on social media because that would just be weird. 

So here are some of the repeated actions that I have taken and that people who are much more successful than me will cite when they’re talking about what got them to where they are today. 

Repeated Actions to Take to be Successful

The first one we’ve mentioned here before is prioritizing the tasks that will impact your business most if you’re using business as our example for what you want to be successful in. Because if you’re here watching this video, that’s what this is about.

The other thing people do, and I have done and still continue to do, is continually learning. So, books and audiobooks, podcasts, taking courses, going to seminars, constantly furthering your knowledge. 

The next thing is, don’t be afraid to invest. Invest in a mentor or coach, invest in education, and invest in your business itself. So the things that your business needs to grow. Don’t be afraid to invest time and money into that. 

The next thing is to accept that sometimes you will fail along the way, and that is totally normal. So don’t let that stop you. You will never make it if you just throw in the towel and give up on the whole thing at the first failure, and having failures and obstacles is just part of it. 

The next thing you want to do is keep the momentum going, even if you can only do one small thing that takes two minutes. If you just ensure that you do one small thing daily working on your business, that will add up immensely over time. 

Finally, make sure you’re investing time in self-development and self-care. So work on your mindset. And when your mindset is stronger, it will help you be unstoppable because if you accept that there will be some failures and challenges, you’ll be able to cope with them better and get through them, brush them off and move on to the next step. 

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Have I missed anything? What do you think it takes to be successful? What is success to you? Let me know in the comments below.

If you need a little more help mapping out your success path and actually getting that, then reach out for one-on-one coaching or ask me about our next intake for the Business Class Mind, which is the program that will help you upgrade your mindset for amazing results in your business.