Golden Nuggets #5: Education and Intelligence is Not The Same Thing Zig Ziglar See You at The Top

Zig Ziglar in his book “See you at The Top” talks about education vs. intelligence and which one is more important.  Zig states that ” three of the most intelligent and success people I know finished the 3rd, 5th and 8th grades.”  He was talking about Henry Ford and Thomas J. Watson were two of the three.  Henry Ford legacy is still going on today.  Henry Ford believed that if he needed anything beyond his capacity he would hire that person.  He knew his strengths and weaknesses and was not ashamed to get someone who knew the answer.  He also knew how to get what he needed out of his “people”.  Watson was the “founder of IBM and he went from a $6.00 a week salesman to chairman of the board”.  The American dream at it finest.   The difference between these two and the “average” guy is that they were dedicated.  The “formal” education was not necessary for these highly successful people.  It was the intelligence and the will to never quit that made them successful.


When I was growing up I was told to go to school and complete your education.  I would then go to work for a company for twenty-five to thirty years and then retire and live happily ever after.  I know that scenario sound familiar to many people.  I follow that path for many years but, then I realized that it was not the life for me.  When I had that awakening I have always been on alert for the opportunity that would help me succeed.  I don’t believe in jumping on the next shiny object that catches my eye.  I follow opportunities that I feel good about.

If you missed gold nugget #4 which deals specifically about the fact you cannot consistently perform in a manner that is inconsistent with the way you see yourself”.

Education is one thing, but intelligence is totally something else all together.   My formal degree is Electrical Engineering,  my real education I imagine would not begin until after I read my last Engineering book.  It would be the hands on knowledge that would make me a successful engineer.  My first degree is Electrical Engineering , I have never held a position with that title.  I can only speculate that how it would be in my life since everything else I do is actually like that.

Zig Ziglar believe that intelligence is not required to be successful.  He state success is in the hands of the person who is trying to achieve it.  It is only necessary like Napoleon Hill’s stated that he has a burning desire towards the achievement of his or her goals and dreams.

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About Shirland Carrington

I am originally from Barbados and have lived in America for a very long time. I have done most of my school years here and I am always constantly trying to learn something new everyday. I have two sons who like to keep me busy, so I work from home. I work with a personal development company that has product that is unsurpassed by any other, excellent compensation plan and outstanding community.
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