Preston Ely posted this great article on how to increase your IQ on the Success blog. He starts out:
“I only recently discovered there is a secret society for people with high IQs. It’s called Mensa—aka The Nerd Herd. It’s actually not a secret, but I consider anything no one has told me about in the 39 years I’ve been on planet Earth to be a conspiracy. So it’s a secret as far as I’m concerned.
To get in, you have to take a test and score in the top 2 percent of all IQs in the universe, aliens included. (I’m assuming these people know about the aliens and aren’t telling us.) After that, your nerdship is official. You no longer have to wonder.
That is the stupidest thing I could ever possibly even imagine imagining, was the first thought that came to me when I learned about this. I want in, was the second.
So I set a goal to get into Mensa within 90 days, and I posted this highly questionable aspiration on Facebook so I could add “suffer public humiliation” to my list of motivators for making it happen. Then I went to work on boosting my nerdability. I wasn’t even sure if that was possible since some scientists say IQ is genetic, but I’ve never listened to science before. Why start now?”
So why should you want to increase your IQ? I suggest that your IQ is not what is important. What is important is your fund of knowledge and your ability to learn more. We know that successful people tend to be lifelong learners and the more we know and understand about the world around us the better we can adapt to that world.
IQ is a relatively arbitrary measurement but it is a good place to start. Don’t get hung up on that number though. Just learn more and have fun in the process.
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.