Over the years, we, humans, were made to believe that becoming successful in life involves following the same strict, old approach of education-employment-work till death.
And this was accompanied by the common saying, knowledge is power.
Quite honestly, that saying contains a whole lot of truth in it.
As a result, the approach was brought to question.
A lot of the advancements that have been made in all aspects of life also created more reasons why following this same old approach is not the smartest choice.
At this point, another saying from Aki Ranin, which I believe contains even more truth in it popped up;
If knowledge is power today, intelligence is power tomorrow.
And the intelligence talked about is the ability to develop new means of solving world problems, ability to adapt to the rapidly changing world, and the ability to reap as much benefit as possible from every advancement made.
This sought of problem-solving intelligence is not gotten from spending tens of thousands of dollars in an Ivy-league college. Neither is it gotten from spending years in college that most often teach the basic knowledge, and most annoyingly, measure students’ ability by means of some lame grades, neglecting difference in skills and talent.
Mark Zuckerberg, in his early years, thought the world needed more socialization and easier communication. This thought alone turned to an idea, which, with time, became the number one social and communication tool of the 21st century, Facebook.
This is the sought of uncommon intelligence the world is in need of; not having countless educated derelicts wandering aimlessly and causing more harm to the community than good.
As precious as ideas have become, new platforms like Tell Your Idea have emerged to buy off smart ideas from individuals who neither have the resources nor knowledge to make their innovative ideas a reality — each idea is worth a huge sum too.
This further proves that doing away with the old, strict approach to success and coming up with new, smart ways to make ends meet is the way to go.
Not only is intelligence important in the aspect of making ends meet, it’s also a prerequisite because the world is gradually advancing to a whole new level of automation, where only a little human effort will be required in the workforce.
Therefore, even while at college, it’s important you take some steps forward to ensure you don’t rely solely on what your degrees have in store. And while not in college or before entering college, it’s important you discover you and think of ways to make the “you” you discovered relevant to the world.
This approach, alone, will pave way for you to work and succeed in life, even if the college degree doesn’t seal the deal.
As shown by this context, ideas are precious gemstones, or better still, idea is wealth. Smart entrepreneurs and investors will jump in on any opportunity to fund a promising idea.
And the awesome thing about ideas is the fact that it doesn’t have to be entirely unique for it to dominate the market and the world at large. A little add-on or tweak on an already existing idea can create a whole new awesome idea.
A very good example is the case of Colorlib, which was founded by Aigars Silkalns, as a WordPress theme providing platform to assist WordPress users, like myself, who have little or no coding knowledge.
He took advantage of the idea behind WordPress to create an awesome new idea which is doing pretty well in the market.
Think Google Docs which surfaced after MS Word and it’ll be absolutely clear that dozen new ideas can be birthed from an old idea.
Knowledge is very important. However, intelligence must never be overlooked. You need to acquire as much knowledge as possible, and then flexibly exercise intelligence alongside it in order to be the best you can be.
The world is in need of smart and innovative ideas.
And according to top successful moguls, the two simple yet effective approach to getting rich, which was adopted by many successful businesspersons, is:
- Selling a product
- Rendering a service
Therefore, come up with new, smart ideas to enable you take advantage of this high demand for new ideas, in order to build yourself a solid financial ground with any of the above approaches.
Do you agree that intelligence is power tomorrow? Share your thoughts below.
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