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Is Hard Work More Important Than Intelligence?

As I was coming up with an example of a personal story I could tell where hard work beat intelligence (and I can think of a few), I realized something:

It doesn’t matter.

Why? Because hard work is your only option, either way.

Let’s say you took an IQ test, right now. There are two possible outcomes:

  1. You come back with a result that’s below average, say 98.
  2. You come back with a result that’s above average, say 125.

I’d like to ask you:

Why should that change your work ethic in any way, whatsoever?

Would you work less hard if you found out you were a genius? Would you work harder if you found out you weren’t?

I hope not. I hope you know that, if you have a goal, your best shot is to work hard for it until you get it. No matter the circumstances.

There are a lot of things you can’t control:

  • Talent.
  • Luck.
  • Circumstance.
  • Intelligence.

How hard you work is just about the only thing you can control. Not just that, but it maximizes all the other things.

  • If you use your talent often, you’ll build up a better record.
  • If you work a lot, you’ll get more lucky breaks.
  • If you put in the hours, bad circumstances will be compensated.

I don’t know what your dream is, but I hope you have one. When you really commit yourself to it, and make a promise to work hard for it, only one of two things can happen:

  1. One day, after many years of work, successes, failures, trials and triumphs, you get it.
  2. You die trying and are happy you gave it your all.

Because the only other option is to give up. To quit. To look at your dream and say:

“You’re not worth it. You’re too hard. I can’t chase you. I’m not strong enough.”

I don’t know about you, but that’s not an option for me. We only get one life.

I wrote this on a Sunday. At school, working. Less than 10 people were there. But I showed up anyway. Because for me, that’s part of being committed to my dream.

Whatever the right answer to this question is, I hope you’ll choose hard work either way.