Do you need a high IQ to be a developer?

Got this from James on YouTube:

“I like your channel John channel, but some of this is bullshit. Most people are not extremely smart because of some “belief” they have? If this was the case, then there would be some Tony Robbins-like guru turning retards into savants. Changing beliefs is quite easy generally speaking when compared with the fundamental neurochemistry imposed on us by genetics. There is plenty of evidence that intelligence is largely genetic.”

Seems to be a lot of this “IQ is all that matters” stuff going around lately.

But, IQ is only part of the equation.

There’s plenty of high-IQ people who sit around on their arse all day, stuffing nonsense into their brains, who couldn’t logic their way out of a wet paper bag. Not exactly the Einsteins of the world.

What you put in matters.

I think of it this way.

IQ is like processing speed.

Yes, high-IQ people probably have more initial potential.

But, if you cram doggy doo-doo into the machine all day… all you’re gonna get is doggy doo-doo out… faster. I mean, think of all these high-IQ people out there who still think communism is a good idea.

Talk about dumb.

So, “smart” is more than IQ.

It’s also about WHAT you learn… which involves several factors including confidence in your ability to learn, work ethic and so on. I mean, this is non-controversial stuff. The importance of self-efficacy (confidence) in success and happiness is fairly well established.

So, don’t get too “weak in the knees” about IQ.

(Whether you have a high one or not.)

It’s just one factor…

And, you can still have wild success without an Einstein-level IQ. AND, simply having a high IQ is no guarantee of anything. You’re still quite capable of being a dirtbag… smarty pants.

Of course, that’s why learning the RIGHT things is so important.

Especially when it comes to web development.

Your IQ won’t auto-magically tell you that the tutorial you’re in the middle of is garbage or 5 years out of date… or written by some 12-year-old who copied it from some random in a forum who couldn’t tell his arse from a hole in the ground.

That’s why I’m constantly recommending this:

You don’t have to guess if it’s the right stuff. The star-rating, the number of students, the overwhelmingly positive student reviews tell you all you need to know. Not to mention, you learn basically everything you need to get jump-started with web development. Doesn’t take a high IQ to see this is a smart choice.

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