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If you want to get ahead in life, be a dumbass

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Montezuma's Revenge, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    Big brains do not equal big bank accounts. So says an Ohio State study that appears in the Journal Intelligence.

  2. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    Re: Intelligence and wealth

    No. Shit.
  3. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    Re: Intelligence and wealth

    Well, it should say something to all those pushy parents who are trying to turn their kids into uberstudents.

    On the other hand, it's also a way for people to rationalize why they haven't done better with their lives. "This stupid world just doesn't appreciate all my intelligence."
  4. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    Where I come from, people casually equate intelligence with wealth. It's one of my least favorite things about my home region.
  5. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    I know you're trying to be cute and all with the thread retitle, but intelligence will help you get ahead if you chose to let it.

    Intelligence often doesn't make up for dumb luck and being born wealthy, though.

    And, FWIW, an IQ also does not necessarily equal intelligence. After all, our own JDV boasts of a monster IQ.
  6. RokSki

    RokSki New Member

  7. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    "Born on third, thinks he got a triple."
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I don't know about you guys, but I'm gonna hit up indiansnetwork for a loan.
  9. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    I guess the key is that wise people, not just smart ones, know what to do with it.
  10. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    I always figured that ambitious people were the ones that got ahead. You can be a flipping genius and do nothing with your life if you're content with what you have.

    I can't get that link to load on my shit ass computer, so I really can't add anything more.
  11. RokSki

    RokSki New Member

    Intelligence not linked to wealth, according to US study

    Wed Apr 25, 8:15 AM ET

    Intelligence has nothing to do with wealth, according to a US study published Tuesday which found that people with below average smarts were just as wealthy as those with higher IQ scores.

    "People don't become rich because they are smart," said Jay Zagorsky, research scientist at Ohio State University whose study appears in the Journal Intelligence.

    The US Bureau of Labor Statistics survey included 7,403 Americans who have been interviewed repeatedly since 1979. Based on 2004 answers, people who are now in their mid-40s showed no link between brain- and earning-power.

    "Your IQ has really no relationship to your wealth. And being very smart does not protect you from getting into financial difficulty," Zagorsky said.

    The study confirmed previous research which has shown that smarter people tend to earn more money, but pointed out there is a difference between high pay and overall wealth.

    "The average income difference between a person with an IQ score in the normal range (100) and someone in the top two percent of society (130) is currently between 6,000 and 18,500 dollars per year," it said.

    "But when it came to total wealth and the likelihood of financial difficulties, people of below average and average intelligence did just fine when compared to the super-intelligent."

    An irregular pattern of total wealth as well as financial distress levels -- such as maxed out credit cards, bankruptcy and missing bill payments -- emerged among the various degrees of intelligence, the study said.

    The study measured intelligence based on scores from the US Armed Services Qualification Test, a general aptitude test used by the Department of Defense.
  12. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    When it comes to discussions like these, I always think of a guy I went to college with.

    A little bit "thick," I always thought, but made up for it by being a real bulldog. A go-getter.

    So he gets out of college, goes to work in insurance ... and works himself into being a very wealthy man. Gets the prettiest girl, all of it.

    At the highest, most rarified level, it's the combination of natural skills and hard work that counts.

    I would put forward Bill Gates and Tiger Woods as prime examples.
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