Intelligence and Limitations

“In one view, intelligence is something you demonstrate; in the other, it’s something you develop.”  

Daniel Pink, “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”

  1. Do you believe intelligence is something that, is what it is, and that we each have a finite supply that cannot be increased?
  2. Do you believe that intelligence is something like a muscle, that will effort it can be increased?

If you chose number one, then you view intelligence as a fixed entity, just like height.  No amount of effort is going to make you taller.  The problem with this view is that every challenge, educational or professional, is only and always just a measurement of how much you have.  If you come up short, then you’ve exposed your “limitations” to yourself and the world.  

If you believe intelligence is like a muscle, then those same challenges are an opportunity to strengthen your intelligence muscle.

In the long run, who do you think is going to get the furthest, the person that keeps trying to improve, or the one that, avoids challenges that might “expose” their limitations to the world?

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