A large crowd gathered to commemorate Margaret Thatcher and honor the iconic British Prime Minister. The mayor of London informed the people of how important it was to have an IQ higher than 130 for everyone.
However, the honorable mayor didn’t perhaps do his homework. He forgot the examples of several iconic figures, who despite having been born with a lower IQ made it big in their lives.
From prominent scientists to legendary artists to even Presidents of the US, there have been many people who defied the norms of science and proved to the whole world that IQ is not a measure of success.
Take a look at 10 of them here
The legendary boxer once said, “I’m the greatest, not the smartest.” He has been a world champion in boxing. Sports Illustrated called him the Sportsman of the Century and the BBC awarded him with the award of Sports Personality of the Century. This is only the beginning of the list, and as you go down, you’ll see that there have been so many successful people in the world with incredibly low IQs.
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For a man who was as visionary as Lincoln himself, thinking that he had a low IQ would be completely wrong. However, that is not the case. The man who changed America’s history forever didn't boast of a high IQ after all. He was the President who abolished slavery and here he is, with a pretty low IQ. So, if you’re low on your IQ, it’s no reason to be upset.
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Many people might not know this Noble-Prize winning artist, but he is attributed to something very significant to human beings. Dr. Watson along with another friend came up with the structure of DNA. So, it’s not like sportspersons and politicians can have a low IQ. A world renowned scientist, who discovered the DNA, is also on the lower side of it.
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Remember Dr. Watson’s friend who helped him in the discovery of DNA? Well, that is Francis Crick. He is also a Noble-Prize winning molecular biologist.
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What started with America’s 16th President didn’t seem to stop there. America’s 40th President Ronald Reagan too has a pretty low IQ. It is believed that his IQ is somewhere in the region of 105.
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With an IQ as low as 86, it is hard to understand how this genius of pop art made a name for himself. One of the most prominent figures of the Pop Art Movement, Warhol has proved that a low IQ doesn’t mean the end of the road at all.
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Another scientist on this list, Wilson has won the Pulitzer Prize. Just like his colleagues Watson and Crick, he is an example that brilliance is not a factor of IQ. It is perhaps sheer determination and a zest to discover that makes a successful person.
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Joining the list is another US President. The iconic 35th President of the States has an IQ of about 60. If you look at everything he did, it is hard to believe that he had the IQ of an average student at High School.
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She is the best-selling female artist of the first decade of the 21st century. She was the highest paid female musician of 2012. That is Britney Spears for you. However, the iconic singer doesn't have an IQ to boast, but then again does she need to?
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What better way to end the list with yet another Nobel-Prize winning physicist? Feynman is an embodiment of all the people above who just send a message to all of us that a high IQ doesn't always mean good things in life. What is important is to have the zeal to learn as much as possible and apply everything that you’ve learned.
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A high IQ could come handy to flaunt in front of others, but it is not the ultimate formula for success. Keep practicing and learning, and one day, just like all these great men, you’ll make it big in your life. Tell us what you think about it in the comments below.