I heard that it means you're smart, but then you hear people saying it doesn't really mean anything. Stephen Hawkins quotes "people who boast about their IQs are losers"
Most Helpful Girl
Having a high IQ correlates with how fast you are able to process knowledge and apply it to situations. While it may not measure just how smart you are exactly, it does somewhat correlate to your intelligence. EQ is what really determines your intelligence. I have an IQ level that puts me in the "gifted" category. While I may process things fast, I am definitely not the brightest. I could be, but I choose to be lazy and don't know sh*t, haha. My geography sucks. These days I can't even tell you what a state is from a country. I have a pretty decent vocabulary, but certainly not the best. I may be smart, but while my high IQ may help, it's my determination that will make me smarter. Processing information fast can only be of so much use if you don't take advantage of it. EQ is probably more important than your IQ.4
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Most Helpful Guy
Your IQ doesn't mean you're inherently smart. It's only as good as what you do with it. If you have a high IQ you can still be full of yourself and narrow minded. If you have the mental acuity to accomplish complicated tasks upon learning or intuiting the process you still have to go about narrowing down where you're working and what you're doing to get the most effective result. A person with a high IQ can fuck up the same as anyone when they don't see something coming.
I don't think IQ and seeing the bigger picture any clearer necessarily makes you more driven to achieve higher. Or maybe you just see patterns easier than some people.1