Emotional Intelligence — IQ vs. EQ

There’s a world of difference between book smarts and street sharps — between braininess and savvy. The first has its place, but the second is more useful.

Being smart is the ability to logically think things out. Being sharp is the ability to tune into the world, to read situations, and to survive.

In my time as a cop, I dealt with a lot of people. I have to say some of the sharpest weren’t dressed in suits, carrying briefcases, and living off retainers — they were living off their wits on the street.

There but for the grace of God go I. Regardless of how these street people developed their lifestyle, it was evident some of them were pretty “intelligent”.

So what is intelligence?

Intelligence has been defined in many different ways such as your capacity for logic, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, learning, emotional knowledge, memory, planning, creativity, and problem solving.

Where it comes from is anybody’s guess.

It’s something that’s designed into us, possibly embedded in our brain through DNA.

I’m a believer in the concept of Infinite Intelligence which is the basis of Napoleon Hill’s masterpiece on human achievement in his timeless book Think And Grow Rich. If you haven’t read it, do so. If you have read it, go read it again.

Intelligence has long been measured in a quotient called IQ. It’s different from a measure of your ability to control your emotions which is called EQ — a much more difficult thing to measure.

Most average adults have an IQ around 100 on the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale.

The MENSA club requires members to be in the top 98 percentile which sets the bar at 132.

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