Friday, October 7, 2016

Axiom 89: Your EQ is Your Destiny

"In a high-IQ job pool, soft skills like discipline, drive and empathy mark those who emerge as outstanding.-Daniel Goleman

Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions.” -David Borenstein

In Axiom 52 I wrote that your IQ has a lot to do with with your success in life. There is also a lesser know intelligence factor known as EQ, or emotional quotient, that has a lot to do with your success in life as well. EQ is your intellectual ability to navigate social situations. In many ways it can be more important than IQ in determining your success.

If you notice someone that doesn't seem that smart but they are extremely successful chances are they have a high EQ. Likewise, if you see someone that is extremely smart but they just can't seem to navigate any social situations with any success chances are they have a low EQ.

Good thing for you is EQ is an intelligence that can be improved with a little effort. It requires you to be more observant about your behaviors as well as the behaviors of others. You must learn to read the unspoken emotions between people. Once you master this then you can predict how your actions will cause others to react. Ultimately you want to be able to influence other people's actions based on your own actions. That may sound like voodoo, but it is simply the result of having a high EQ.

While we are largely stuck with the IQ we are born with we can still improve our EQ, and if you can improve your EQ you can improve your chances of being successful.