Attitude or IQ?

Yesterday I read an article that asked whether attitude or IQ was most important for success in life.

Most of us probably think–or fear–that the answer is intellect. We assume as the author said that the those with the greater IQ will leave the rest of us in the dust when it comes to success in life.

But it’s not that way at all. Attitude was the winner hands down.

The author cited a recent study at Stanford University which showed that your attitude has much more to do with success than your IQ.

The author especially espoused the importance of having a growth mentality. A growth mentality says, “I can learn from this,” or “I can get better at this.” The opposite attitude that says that “that’s the way things are” is a losing attitude.

“People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. They outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when they have lower IQ, because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new.”

Which kind of attitude do you have?

God gave us a growth mindset. He showed us that He brings good from bad for those who love Him. He reminded us that as long as there is God there is hope.

The author gave a number of attitudes to hold to.

Here are fourth of those.

First, take action. A growth mindset means that you don’t quit and you don’t give up. You act. The best way to overcome fear and paralysis is to take action.

Second, go the extra mile. Keep seeking to grow and to change.

Third, expect results. Look for every opportunity to see progress and success.

Fourth, don’t complain when things don’t go your way. Look again and again for how God is going to use this for good.

For the committed believer, we are reminded to take on the attitude of Christ who for the joy set before Him endured the cross. We are called to be like Him, making the most of every opportunity to please Him and to make a difference in our world.

Your attitude matters. Let it matter for Christ and His kingdom. Let your attitude be like that of Christ Jesus, using all you are and all you have to please Him.

 

2 Comments


  1. David Wittner
    Mar 12, 2019

    What a wonderful and uplifting message. Thank you Waylon!


  2. Lois Rothwell
    Mar 12, 2019

    Yes, I agree with David. As an older citizen, I have found this attitude to be very helpful in life. Thank you for the message .

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Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. — James 1:12 (NIV)