Action Vs Intelligence

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Ok, so I was debating this with somebody the other day and just want to know what you guys think.

In terms of success (at least financially speaking), all else being equal, do you think you would be better off...

A. Being naturally very intelligent with only average initiative (taking action)
B. Being somebody who always takes action but has average intelligence


?


I will reserve my opinion until later as I dont want to influence anybody one way or the other!
#action #intelligence
  • Profile picture of the author Trey Walter
    Short question: The desire for financial success is regarded as being equal in both cases, right?
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  • Profile picture of the author milkman4real
    well, let's find out ==>> I've got a proposal for passionate partners here, which will benefit only someone with a little intelligence, taking the right action, and belief. ooops, did I give it away. aall right here goes: two things are always needed for achieving one's goals: the right intentions and the right information! now, how's that for deep!

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    • Profile picture of the author SrinivasPrabhakar
      Great question..
      Well I think you can not choose one option as to become a successful person or businessman you should have both the qualities. You have to intelligent to understand the right opportunity for you.

      Also you have to take the action at the right time to get the best result out of that opportunity.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Katsoudas
    You get the best results when book-smarts and street-smarts meet.

    Action gives clarity. The results you get will show you what's really going on. You can be a genius and try to "analyze" things intelligently but it doesn't always work that way in business :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author don21stc
    It's all very well to be naturally intelligent but unless you take action of some kind, you will only ever have theoretical knowledge.
    Even theoretical physicists have to base their theories on practical observations and then verify them with further observations of predictions they can make from those theories.
    It's only philosophers who are exempt from getting out of their armchairs!
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    knowledge is nothing without action, so the answer is you have to be both.
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    • Profile picture of the author webwriter
      Originally Posted by jazbo View Post

      knowledge is nothing without action, so the answer is you have to be both.
      My sentiments exactly!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    Hmmm I think a lot of people are dodging the question with..."yes somebody who is bright and an action taker is the best option". Well of course.

    But if you had to pick between a person who

    1. is bright but lazy
    2. not so bright but a good action taker


    ...who would win? You have to put your money down...would it be on #1 or #2?
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    • Profile picture of the author DanPE
      Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

      Hmmm I think a lot of people are dodging the question with..."yes somebody who is bright and an action taker is the best option". Well of course.

      But if you had to pick between a person who

      1. is bright but lazy
      2. not so bright but a good action taker


      ...who would win? You have to put your money down...would it be on #1 or #2?
      That's a leading question - "with only average initiative" doesn't mean "lazy" at all. And the other thing is, intelligence is action. If you think of something, and you're thinking, you're wondering "why..?" or "how...?" and then you're like "I wonder if I can..." and that leads to action. If you're intelligent and you come up with a concept, you naturally want to prove that concept.
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  • Profile picture of the author AwesomePossum
    I think it's a toss up...I believe it purely depends on how well the circumstances that play out....for example....I'm sure a bright guy can find a job where he has to sit around doing what he wants all day and still make bank but at the same time, and only from a financial point of view, the guy that works his ass off will find opportunities to grow and expand his net worth....

    Overall though, I think the bright has the advantage because he can see what's going on and adjust...not to mention, he can always CHOOSE to work a little harder when the time is right but still be wicked lazy over the long hall. The bright are more efficient in nature too...so one lazy hour of work can literally produce the same value of a weeks worth of hard work.

    I think It just depends on how lazy and how not so bright you know? There's obviously a tipping point...but I think I'd give the average job to the brilliant mind...you can find hard workers everywhere.

    After talking it out....#1 for me. He can provide wicked good value with an hour of work so he almost has the right to be lazy. I was leaning towards the hard worker in the beginning though :p
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  • Profile picture of the author mrmoonlight
    Without question, a person with average intelligence who takes action will out earn an above average thinker who doesn't. I have personally known very wealthy individuals with average to below average education and intelligence, And I'm sure we all know underachieving smart folks. That said I'd always give the edge to a smart action taker, Best of both worlds. Jeff
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    • Profile picture of the author DanPE
      Originally Posted by mrmoonlight View Post

      Without question, a person with average intelligence who takes action will out earn an above average thinker who doesn't. I have personally known very wealthy individuals with average to below average education and intelligence, And I'm sure we all know underachieving smart folks. That said I'd always give the edge to a smart action taker, Best of both worlds. Jeff
      Now I'm wondering, what if there's such a thing as "being too smart" or "working too hard" ? what if "not being very smart" and "not being very active" were prerequisites to wealth?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tonio Smith
    It's always been a model
    of mine to work smarter
    rather than to work harder.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kenster
      Originally Posted by DanPE View Post

      That's a leading question - "with only average initiative" doesn't mean "lazy" at all. And the other thing is, intelligence is action. If you think of something, and you're thinking, you're wondering "why..?" or "how...?" and then you're like "I wonder if I can..." and that leads to action. If you're intelligent and you come up with a concept, you naturally want to prove that concept.

      I dont think intelligence is action by any means. Yes you are thinking which I guess can be cnosidered an action but I think the meaning of "action" of the question is actually putting your thinking to use, getting stuff done, trying out your theories, etc

      And intelligence doesnt itself lead to action, of course this is my opinion. One can think of a great theory, a great strategy, but does that means they will actually implement that strategy, not necessarily. I think you, as you put it, "naturally want to prove that concept" because you are an action taker, thats a great thing. But Ive seen soo many very very bright people, much brighter than me I will admit, not get anywhere in the IM world because they just think of these great ideas but never make them happen.

      Originally Posted by mrmoonlight View Post

      Without question, a person with average intelligence who takes action will out earn an above average thinker who doesn't. I have personally known very wealthy individuals with average to below average education and intelligence, And I'm sure we all know underachieving smart folks. That said I'd always give the edge to a smart action taker, Best of both worlds. Jeff
      I agree Jeff. In fact most of the wealthiest of people I know are blue collar workers who just worked their buts off...most dont have doctorate or any advanced degrees, but they just took action and MADE things work.


      Originally Posted by Tonio Smith View Post

      It's always been a model
      of mine to work smarter
      rather than to work harder.

      We're given one body and
      is more likely to wear out
      before a mind if we use it
      improperly.

      I think this is a great point. If one is brilliant but doesnt take action, they wont get anywhere. But if one is brilliant and takes a lot of action, then they have a great chance of getting to high places. And then further, if one is intelligent and just hires or figures out a way for somebody else to do all the action-taking and implementing, then they will also get ahead.
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      • Profile picture of the author Isaachun
        For me, action is always the more important factor.

        I have an opinion that you can succeed in life whatever your level of intelligence. Even if someone is mentally challenged, he/she can live a happy and fullfilling life, because there are certain actions they can take to utilize their strength, and that to me is success.

        But you've got to take action. Intelligence is given. Only action determines how much you'll be utilizing your level of intelligence to realize a meaningful life, in your terms.


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  • Profile picture of the author shaunjamie2005
    I think having some intelligence does help. However, I know this guy from school that 11 doughnuts short of a dozen and he has become very successful in his offline business...because he took action.
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    I'll take the action takers. They may make more mistakes but at least they got something done.
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  • Profile picture of the author yst
    Are you implying B works hard? If so, then B for sure. I know a lot of As that aren't rich.
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  • Profile picture of the author FortressDewey
    Action definitely,, being able to execute is a huge skill. Intelligence, well, most of us have it, but not all of us are able to execute.
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  • Profile picture of the author usearchme2
    Pretty simple really, life rewards action !

    Many people have many ideas they fail to act on, thus not taking a chance and failing before they have even started, I could waffle on for ages but ill leave it there lol

    Taking a chance on ideas doesnt really take much intelligence does it ?

    Woc
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    Dan, very interesting point...lemme ponder about that a bit
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  • Profile picture of the author AwesomePossum
    Woah...Dan's completely right.

    Props
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  • Profile picture of the author Quill
    Dan most definitely strikes a good point, what is smart ,what is better off ? someone's smarts can be detrimental as somethings are out of our reach and realm of understanding,real smart people realize how much they don't know and are humbled by this,no one has ever taken any thing physical from this world we leave as we came,our good deeds and prayer are the only things that accompany us when we leave this existence, so what is our goal and what prize are our eyes transfixed on ,is the real genius what do we hold dear.and what should be let go! this world is just to exercise our free will.the choices we make have eternal ramifications though,probe away but choose the path wisely ,as we all know the unexamined life is not worth living
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    Neither extreme is good, so instead I'll talk about what is.

    I'm A. Very often I'll know how to do things, or know how something works, but at the moment taking action has been another story. I got burned very badly awhile ago and I'm still recovering in that sense, but I'm getting better. However! On the flipside I made some money awhile ago, despite not knowing entirely what I was doing. Had I been smart back then I would've learned more and capitalized on it, but it's water under the bridge.

    Intelligence + action. You need BOTH to go far.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    Originally Posted by honestbizpro View Post

    The instructor said..."Complete this test as fast as you can"




    I can remember taking a 20 page test but in the written instructions was a small line that said once you complete the 1st page to place your pen down and turn the test over and that's it.

    Damn near the entire class took action and completed all 20 pages.

    Haha on a side note, I remember going into a psychology exam as a frosh in college and at the end of the exam, the professor tells us to pass in our tests and then says how do you guys think you did? We all moaned and groaned as it was hard. Then he just said something along the lines of...

    "Ok, everybody gets A's. The important thing is that we all learned and took action, you shouldn't be working for the grade, but for the knowledge. As you continue on through the next 4 years here, I want you to try and get good grades, yes that is an integral part of the process to get into grad school and to get a job blah blah. BUT, AND I STRESS...as you study, don't just shoot for getting an A, shoot for really learning and putting everything you learn into your long term memory, not short term"

    Very powerful point that really helped me get a lot more out of school than I otherwise would have
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    • Profile picture of the author Isaachun
      Just like talent, intelligence is overrated. You have to put your intelligence/talent to use in order to realize it's power. John C. Maxwell wrote a good book about it: 'Talent is never enough'.

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      • Profile picture of the author Odahh
        It realy depends on what you mean by financially successful.

        The fact is we live in a time where anyone can be successful. They need to be playing to and developing their strengths though.

        The guy who is very intelligent but takes very little action can be very successful. If he or she does something that requires lots of study before you take action. Long term trading or maybe real estate investing. Or on of several options. If he Goes into day trading or a field that needs lots of action . He or she will fail.

        The guy or lady who has average intelligence. If they are prone to taking action. They need to be doing something that requires regular action. If the are out of the element they will fail.


        So the answer i will give is both can be financially successful If they are playing to there streangth and building to mastery.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnrod
    second one, definitely. People with average intelligences are not impressed by themselves and they keep trying hard
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  • Profile picture of the author binjai15
    I'm choosing the first one. No one can be good at both action and intelligence.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kenster
      Originally Posted by binjai15 View Post

      I'm choosing the first one. No one can be good at both action and intelligence.

      Hmm, do you care to elaborate. I personally believe there are plenty of people out there that are very good at taking action and intelligence. There are plenty of entrepreneurs that come out of top business schools, are very intelligent, and work their butts off for the rest of their lives building their company/companies.

      Its a very special and powerful thing to have both, but I do think its possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author leri
    second one. Action=Result
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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    There are lots of reasons for a person taking inaction. Lazy is
    an understandable adjective, but it's a bit of a catch-all that
    often times does not reflect the truth of a particular situation.

    But to try to answer your question...

    A person of average intelligence who continues to take action,
    even when he occasionally meets with "failure," will have a much
    better chance of success in business.

    A highly intelligent person who, for whatever reason, takes little
    action will have less of a chance for success in business.

    Intelligence is not a prerequisite for success in business. Like in so
    many other areas of life, it comes down to not only taking action -
    but engaging in what I'll call, sustained action.

    Sustained action infers continuing to take action even after those
    times when there appears to be failure. Or, the simple saying: getting
    back up and continuing to try.

    I'm intimately knowledgable of this subject. I speak from experience,
    and I imagine a lot of you do, as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author VeitSchenk
    from personal experience: almost all of those who have higher education (and hence are by default labelled "intelligent" suffer from the typical middle-class security mindset "get a good solid job", (don't be thinking about taking the initiative and set up your own business) and the fatal "you can't do that" or "that's not the done thing"...

    end-result: lots of knowledge, a certain smugness amongst the Guardian reading, cardigan wearing middle-classes and very little to show for in terms of entrepreneurial success (like a previous poster mentioned: the rich guys are typically blue collar workers who just get stuff done).

    amongst my friends, it's those who did rubbish at school, nearly failed their exams yet from the word go where wheeling and dealing who are now living the lifestyles of their dreams (oysters in southern France, developing properties in Spain, property investment in Sydney...).

    and they get stuff done because they don't have the classic "you can't do that" hangups: my "oysters in Southern France" buddy Mark set up first an independent newspaper (without knowing *anything* about the newspaper industry), then a car-sharing thing for which he approached the mayor of Montpellier with NO business-plan, and definitely no suit 'n tie (these would've been at the top of my to-do list before approaching the mayor, being middle-class, having several university degrees 'n all that), then finally a bike-hire scheme, again not knowing a thing about bike-hire, just making a few phone-calls, hopping into the car to drive up to the Czech republic (only 1000 miles away) to quickly have a prototype developed, back to Southern France and .... oysters.

    what do I learn everytime I talk to Mark? Simple, forget about my middle-class notions that "intelligence (often in the form of degrees, diplomas and certificates) is a good thing (and admired by other middle-class people...) and just get **** done...

    ach well, off to herd 17 young ones, cranked up on sugar around the house and hope that 18h00 arrives before I actually *need* a triple G&T to steady the nerves ... that just wouldn't be so good for my poor brain-cells, now would it....?;-)

    have a great weekend

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  • Profile picture of the author mytem
    Definitely average intelligence with an bias for action, with one caveat - you recognize your limitations and hire people who fill the gaps when you need to take your business to the next level.

    I have an MBA from a top 10 school, so I guess that labels me as smart. But I work in technology, where no one gives a rat's what degree you have. It is all performance.

    I am in awe of the creativity, passion and drive of those on this board. Wish I had found this 20 years ago, not 2 months ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author hally0301
    I'm choosing action.

    I know lots of intelligent people that don't take the necessary action and as a result achieve very little.

    I also heard it once said that 'With action comes experience, and experience breeds intelligence'.
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  • Profile picture of the author linkbeasts
    Myself I have to say far better to master intelligent action and design then worry about being more active or more intelligent but to combine the two and it can be done with the right amount of willpower and drive and self belief.
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  • Profile picture of the author milo_pl
    In simple words:
    You can suceed if you do "action", but don't have "intelligence"
    You won't succeed, if you have "intelligence", but don't do "action".

    Simple as that.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobertRinger
    Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

    A. Being naturally very intelligent with only average initiative (taking action)
    B. Being somebody who always takes action but has average intelligence
    This is like which came first - the chicken or the egg. You can philosophize about it all day - in the end it contributes nothing to your own success. You have to find out how to leverage the assets you have (intelligence, contacts, current wealth or lack thereof, etc.) to their greatest use.

    Certain axioms always hold true though:

    The greater the risk, the greater the reward - because the majority fail and only a small minority succeed.

    The time value of action is as important as the time value of money - move early and quickly and you'll always beat out someone who is indecisive and lazy.

    You can't be good at everything - find or hire someone to fill in your gaps in intelligence, contacts, assets or knowledge.

    Don't sweat the small stuff, and almost everything is small stuff - if you can't dust yourself off after a failure and jump right back in the saddle you'll never make it very far.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kenster
      Originally Posted by RobertRinger View Post

      This is like which came first - the chicken or the egg. You can philosophize about it all day - in the end it contributes nothing to your own success. You have to find out how to leverage the assets you have (intelligence, contacts, current wealth or lack thereof, etc.) to their greatest use.

      Certain axioms always hold true though:

      The greater the risk, the greater the reward - because the majority fail and only a small minority succeed.

      The time value of action is as important as the time value of money - move early and quickly and you'll always beat out someone who is indecisive and lazy.

      You can't be good at everything - find or hire someone to fill in your gaps in intelligence, contacts, assets or knowledge.

      Don't sweat the small stuff, and almost everything is small stuff - if you can't dust yourself off after a failure and jump right back in the saddle you'll never make it very far.

      Great points! You should write a book, or maybe an e-book...hmmmmm
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  • Profile picture of the author JRoon
    Point B. Being smart but not making any progress or results = fail. Making alot of mistakes but learning from them and finishing them (action) is good rather than doing nothing.
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  • Profile picture of the author AwesomePossum
    Ya, binjai 18....uhmm....
    You are saying that no one can be dynamic in any way.

    Are you suggesting the way the world moves world is static?(And yes it is! That's not my point...not at all. My hint is this: however static our existance is(the pursuit of harmony), we live in a world of unfathomable dynamics.(This is purely a result(or direct effect) to our static existence))
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  • Profile picture of the author AwesomePossum
    Risk:Reward....Rob could you elaborate on that just a little more??

    Yes, the greater the risk the greater the reward but only to a certain extent...think about it for a bit.

    I think what you're indicating is that the more out of your comfort zone you get the more you grow.
    For instance if you're looking for a new career, quitting your job can feel dangerous and the reward could be absolutely mind blowing...but what if you planned and chose to look for other jobs until you found your new source of income no matter what it was. Then you build a plan of action to acquire that new job....sometimes the risk of this is huge and other times it isn't that much of a risk in the long run....

    Being fully aware of your situation is sooo crucial in risk:reward. Remember some things take a large amount of risk...but you can offset this by hedging....check it out. It's a concept I learned from trading but it's incredibly powerful in life. Remember though!! Hedging too has it's drawbacks. It needs to be used in certain situations that complement it. It's just like everything else in life ; )
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    Awesome Possum - what comment are you referring to. Quote it next time...or are you talking about lamberw's comment?
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  • Profile picture of the author Stevie9
    Act and you will learn, either from failure or success.
    Intelligence is nothing without action, but it is handy...
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  • Profile picture of the author sam3s
    Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

    Ok, so I was debating this with somebody the other day and just want to know what you guys think.

    In terms of success (at least financially speaking), all else being equal, do you think you would be better off...

    A. Being naturally very intelligent with only average initiative (taking action)
    B. Being somebody who always takes action but has average intelligence


    ?


    I will reserve my opinion until later as I don't want to influence anybody one way or the other!
    Laziness will never get one very far in life. You can have all the knowledge in the world but if you are not applying it then you will never reap the benefits of having that knowledge.

    I remember back in junior high there was this guy that was really really really good at basketball. He was literally the Jordan of my class if not the school, but he had one critical flaw and that was: he was very lazy, never practiced, never put any effort into his natural talents. I saw him a few years ago and he was working as a construction worker. I truly believe he could have been so much more.

    Whiles the above example does not directly apply to the OPs statement, I believe that principles are fairly similar if not the same. And I can vouch personally for taking action on things that I lacked the capacity to do but remained steadfast in my pursuit of them, and eventually obtaining them.

    PS: though I will say some people are born lucky and things just fall into their laps. Makes one wonder sometimes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    hmmm

    do you guys think there is a difference between the following statements?

    Act intelligently

    vs

    Intelligently Act
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    • Profile picture of the author mikey21
      Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

      hmmm

      do you guys think there is a difference between the following statements?

      Act intelligently

      vs

      Intelligently Act
      It sounds like there could be.

      I like "Intelligently Act" better. It seems like it implies ACT no matter what, just make sure you're doing it intelligently. Thus emphasizing action.

      Whereas "Act Intelligently" sounds more like hey stop acting unless it's intelligent.

      Of course there is no difference really, this is just a matter of perception (I think) - to answer your question.
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    • Profile picture of the author JRCarson
      The more action you take, the more you learn. Action.
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    • Profile picture of the author myrtleian
      I like this thread as the question is that simple it takes a lot of thinking about. Or does it.

      After reading a lot of the answers here the common theme seems to be that in order to succeed you need to take action.

      The sticking point is the level of intelligence. Very clever people tend to over think things and not take as much action as someone who is less intelligent takes more action.

      The first one there tends to procrastinate more than the second. So in order to succeed it is therefore better to have action over brains. The level of intelligence should, although it is, need to be answered.

      The answer is those that take action, controlled and methodical action forever moving forward.
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    • Profile picture of the author povchef
      I know a lot of 'high brain' power people all with there Phd's and what not yet out with there comfort zone(which is very small) they couldn't rub two sticks together without conferencing and getting written confermation that it was in fact these two sticks and how to do it.

      extreme example but a lot of the time intelligence leads to over thinking which leads to in-action.

      I would say this is one of the few industries that although has a lot of knowledge requirements is well seated in the 'action' takers corner.

      With so much information out there you get to a point where learning becomes pointless without action.

      hmm... I think I may have over thought my answer :p
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  • Profile picture of the author BILLSBILLION
    thoughts convert to beliefs, belief leads to action , action leads to results and results lead to strengthening of beliefs.

    Action is always more important than intelligence!!
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  • Profile picture of the author George Pennells
    Hi I am new on the Warrior Forum. I think naturally intelligent people can sometimes over complicate things.You can also fall into situation where you end up dreaming about the money want to make and in the end it all just ends up staying dreams and never gets put into actions towards your goals.To be successful in life you need to stop dreaming and start creating action steps to reach your goals. I don't know what your goals are. But mine is to make money. I believe that money don't care who you are. Money don't care if you are intelligent. I would much rather work with a person that are prepared to learn than a arrogant intellectual that thinks they know everything. Find a system that works and stick with it till you make the money you deserve. And remember always be prepared to learn from others
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  • Profile picture of the author V12
    Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

    Ok, so I was debating this with somebody the other day and just want to know what you guys think.

    In terms of success (at least financially speaking), all else being equal, do you think you would be better off...

    A. Being naturally very intelligent with only average initiative (taking action)
    B. Being somebody who always takes action but has average intelligence


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    I will reserve my opinion until later as I dont want to influence anybody one way or the other!
    There's no doubt in my mind. It's B.

    Unfortunately I'm an A. but no-one is willing to exchange their B. brain with mine.

    Abdul.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clayton Rice
    Anyone can achieve success one way or another. But to answer your question, I think the best answer is B.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    I think there's a common consensus here.

    But still curious why if everybody believes action is far more important than intelligence, than why do so many people fail in IM because they never take action?
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  • Profile picture of the author faceblogger
    In terms of success (In terms of success (at least financially speaking), all else being equal, do you think you would be better off...

    A. Being naturally very intelligent with only average initiative (taking action)
    B. Being somebody who always takes action but has average intelligence), all else being equal, do you think you would be better off...
    My answer is B. Because of this
    (at least financially speaking), all else being equal
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelGk
    Just putting yourself in the space where good stuff shows up is what most people fail to do. They stand on the sidelines. Endless study, working on the inner self etc blah blah.
    Truth is when you get out there, wherever there is (Real or Virtual) and just show up.
    Most people never even show up.
    The Gods of Success only notice those who put themselves in the right space
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  • Profile picture of the author Bryan Douglas
    Before reading the responses, I would say Street smart Action taker hands down. You can be book smart all day long, but if you don't take action, in my opinion you aren't going to go far.


    Guess here could be an example.

    Someone goes to school for 4 years for school on computers. Gets a job as a computer guy and makes about 50k a year.

    Then the other guy has a highschool education, just hops on the net, keeps messing around, building sites, trial/error, over years finally builds a website that makes some cheddar. I personally know someone with a highschool education that is under 30 that cashed a site for an unbelievable number.

    I think you just have to have the thick skin, hope you don't pull all of your hair out and keep trying that one more time.

    Edit - Thinking about it ( and read some of the comments as well ) from my own personal experience, I would say that taking action has given me knowledge.

    If I never took the action then I would have never learned what I know now, and if I don't take the action tomorrow, I probably won't know what I will in a year.

    I think action brings the knowledge, and without the knowledge you may run in circles ( or make yourself look like an idiot, like I have done so many times! )

    So, inconclusion to this nice little ramble, I would say take action, gain the knowledge, take some more action and repeat. I don't think I can really pick one. I think they are both equally important. It just depends on what type of "smarts" you have. If it is useful intelligence you will be good. If it's the normal textbook crap, maybe you should stick to a little more action and a little less of that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    I dont know if I completely agree with that proverb, as it pertains to Internet Marketing.


    I think taking action is absolutely critical to start even if you dont have a vision. In fact, when you first start you likely will not have a vision, but you really need to take action. As you take action, then you can develop a vision and then good things will happen.

    at least thats what happened to me
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  • Profile picture of the author nyrsimon
    So I would take action EVERY time. I actualy think you don't even need average intelligence. Action is the answer - keep swinging the bat - you get to swing as many times as you want. Sooner or later you'll hit a home run

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    • Profile picture of the author Kenster
      Originally Posted by nyrsimon View Post

      So I would take action EVERY time. I actualy think you don't even need average intelligence. Action is the answer - keep swinging the bat - you get to swing as many times as you want. Sooner or later you'll hit a home run

      Simon

      You may need average intelligence though.

      What happens when you hit the home run but aren't smart enough to run the bases or run the bases the wrong way!! :p
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