Motto: Intelligence alone does not get us where we need to or even necessarily where we want to go. For that, the human creature must exercise harder-won capacities of wisdom, and wise action. (Krista Tippett)
I hear that often, with people that ask if hard work and average intelligence can surpass a high IQ. And i always tell them that yes, it is possible. Because IQ is only half of the equation. The intelligence quotient is just an estimation of your intelligence level. But, as I was saying, this is not all. We also need to check the ability to use that given intelligence, the efficiency of what was give to you and how you put this in practice.
Just to explain it better, I will use a hypothetical situation.
We got J. with an IQ of 100 and 100% efficiency in using it. The resulted real use of intelligence is 100 x 100% equal 100.
We got K. with an IQ of 120 and 50% efficiency in using it. The resulted real use of intelligence is 120 x 50% equal 60.
We got X. with an IQ of 160 and 30% efficiency in using it. The resulted real use of intelligence is 160 x 30% equal 48.
If I ask who will be probably the most successful out of these three individuals, what you will say?
It is the first one J., as he got the better aggregate ability, even if he got the lowest IQ. Now you just find out why some apparent average guys are much better in something that innate geniuses. And the good news is that your efficiency in using your intelligence is a trainable skill. Bluntly said, can you raise your IQ? No, not yet. Can you learn how to better use your intelligence? Definitely yes.