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Qualities of great study part #5: Intelligence

June 3, 2010

Of the 4 study qualities I’ve written about (self-responsibility, desire, play, and patience) I consider intelligence to be the least important. 

Let me explain…

For me, intelligence represents skill in categorizing, labeling, and framing.  In relation the four stages of learning, unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, unconscious competence, and conscious competence, intelligence represents the conscious portion.

Being one who favors intellect, it took me a long time to figure out that intellectual understanding doesn’t have anything to do with what an idea represents.  In other words, explainations do not equate to experience.

So, for the sake of this post, I’m coming at intelligence from the space of experience.  You have taken the time to get your hands dirty, make mistakes, fall on your face, and get back up again.  Verbalizing, categorizing, and explaining compliment what you already know, but can never substitute doing something over a period of time.