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Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them by Siimon Reynolds

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mistaking IQ for EQ

Since it was first widely used on U.S. Army soldiers during World War I, the IQ test, or intelligence quotient test, has been highly valued by society.

The long-held belief is that the higher the IQ rating, the more intelligent the person is. The more intelligent the person is, the more successful he or she will be. Therefore, for decades a high IQ has been a much-treasured achievement. Many people boast about their high IQ, implying that it means they are somehow better than the rest of us. Conversely, many teenagers who are told they have a lower IQ than average assume that they will probably not achieve much in life, a belief that of course soon becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

In recent years, however, both the theory ...

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