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Why attitude is more important than intelligence

A growing trend among companies nowadays is to recruit employees based on their attitudes instead of focusing on educational qualifications. Screening processes include rounds catering to employees' unique personalities. Why is that?


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Attitude is the answer

At the outset, attitude consists of several factors, such as innate viewpoints, experiences, upbringing and mostly importantly, who a person is closely socialising with. Our attitude reflects what we want to be and where we want to go in life. And when combined with experiences, our attitude creates a path for us that will lead to bigger success in our career.


Soft skills are changing the game

Intelligence is multidimensional.  Where scores and CGPA is the yardstick in some state of affairs; it does not take into account emotional intelligence, creativity and many other aspects of human development. The total product of all those factors is however embedded in a person's attitude.


Street smart over book smart

The debate regarding book smarts and street smarts has been raging on for years. And street smart has been winning for justifiable reasons.  No one can deny that it is really the attitude one brings to the table when starting on something new that matters. A majority of work involves learning on the job and yes, it is a person's intelligence that helps to understand and interpret many things, but the attitude of being sincere and wanting to improve on-the-go are the actual characteristics being cashed in.


Follow the proper channels of knowledge

Intelligence can be acquired through proper channels of knowledge and the right attitude, whereas without ambition or a strong work ethic, a person's intelligence would fundamentally be of little use. Outside the job market, attitude trumps intelligence as well.

Attitude is a multidimensional attribute, consisting of almost everything that a person is and everything he or she wants to be. With the right attitude, one can be the most successful person, regardless of the innate intelligence level. With the right attitude and a little luck, any person can indeed achieve anything they wish for.

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