Wednesday, June 09, 2010


After reading Malcolm Gladwell's book - Outliers - I have started looking at things with a different perspective. Here is my hypothesis on the elements that can make one successful in life. 


Whenever we see someone who has "arrived in life" we presume they have a high IQ - but this is not the only criteria. Having cart loads of IQ is good to have, but it does not guarantee success if the below 3 are not present in good measure


Emotional Quotient :  The person who laughs at the face of danger; the one who lost badly but has the courage to try once again, or take a different path; the go-to guy at work when the experts give up and report sick on crisis situations; this is the guy every project manager wants in his team. EQ is a must have - not just a good to have. 


Creative Quotient :  The guys with a high CQ spruce up dull meetings; their emails are all a joy to read; their stand-up updates are fun - and the team tries hard to match him - and the whole team bonds & has fun day in and day out. When our man does not turn up for work - the project feels like a funeral home ( ok I am over stretching a bit here :) ) - but I guess you get the picture.


Political Quotient : Bite your lower lip & accept the fact - you have to play the game ( there is a better term for this - hehe). In large organizations - PQ determines if you get a cubicle near the window or a seat next to your boss's boss - it is a hard life and it gets harder for the ones with zero PQ.

In startups politics is non existent - who has time for such games anyway - however having a good PQ is essential for customer relationship management - and also to see the team through during some tough times.

In summary - the schooling taught and measured our IQ - post schooling - the real world expects EQ, CQ & PQ - in some combination or the other - and this will decide how far one can go in life.

Success = a(IQ) + b(EQ) + c(CQ) + d(PQ)

And the above formula is open sourced under GPL - use it freely, improve the a, b, c & ds  and enjoy sweet success. You are welcome :)

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