Having high IQ is a gift. Among other things, it has the following great advantages:
1) Faster and easier learning.
2) The ability to excel at anything you put your mind to.
But High IQers beware! It is not all good when it comes to high IQ.
Watch out for the following challenges that usually come with a high IQ:
1) Looking for complicated answers: The simple answer does not suffice when you have a high IQ. Many successful business people are average intelligence and do better than their high IQ counterparts. They seek simple answers. Sometimes highly intelligent people want a challenge when it comes to solving problems and they end up complicating things.
2) Making stupid mistakes: This comes from the fact that knowledge alone is not enough to make good decisions. Experience might be more important. A study shows that high IQ people are too confident in their abilities. So, they think they cannot make a mistake. So, they make many. While high IQ might result in ability to learn, but knowledge cannot replace wisdom.
3) Going against the norms: High IQ individuals always want to excel. So, they seek to go off the beaten track. They know they are different, so they will not settle for “normal” results, job, house, friends, etc. This results in more mistakes because of going too often outside the beaten path.
4) Overthinking: This is very common among high IQ and over achievers. They think about everything. So, things that are taken for granted or as the normal thing end up taking a lot of their thinking and time: “Why is this done this way?” or “Why are people doing that?” etc. Overthinking means also over analyzing every situation, whether worth it or not. This ends up putting lots of mental stress on High IQ individuals. No wonder research shows that they step up longer hours than their counterparts.
5) Feeling like you don’t belong: When you go all through life people telling you that you are better than everybody, that takes a toll on you. First you start believing that you are better. Second you start getting frustrated that people are too slow, or take too much time to understand you. This increases frustration of High IQers and leads to even more stress.
Still, many companies base their hiring on IQ tests, ignoring multiple research that shows that IQ is not enough for success.
Many soft skills like communication, leadership, empathy, and emotional intelligence might be as important if not more important.