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Experience is the best teacher: Scientist claims ‘XQ’ is the new predictor of success

Are you tired of monitoring your achievements through your IQ and EQ? Don’t worry–a scientist recommends a much better concept for measuring success: XQ.

Before ‘XQ,’ all we know are the concepts of IQ and EQ. Intelligence quotient or IQ is a statistical indicator of a person’s intellectual capacity. Measuring the level of IQ is essential to determine how well you can assess sets of information properly. Emotional Quotient (EQ), on the other hand, is the ability to manage your emotions well. When your EQ level is high, you have the ability to empathize with others and avoid social and self-inflicted conflicts. 

While IQ is a strong predictor of intellectual success, it is not enough to measure overall attainment in life. A 2020 study stated that EQ is more important than IQ in identifying people who are good team players in the workplace. Although EQ is believed to be more accurate than IQ, relying on an empathetic trait alone is not enough for a successful life. To measure success, you must also be exposed to numerous experiences that will shape your cognitive, social, and decision-making skills.

According to Soren Kaplan, a research scientist at the University of Southern California’s Marshall Business School and the author of the book “Experiential Intelligence: Harness the Power of Experience for Personal and Business Breakthroughs,” it’s now the right time to introduce XQ alongside the first two ideas of intelligence in determining overall success. XQ is the fusion of IQ and EQ that deals with our past experiences and how they affect our present and future opportunities. 

Unlike the other intelligence tests, XQ cannot show a specific score. However, you can measure it in your mind by reminiscing about your past experiences and what you learned from them. Even if the experience is positive or negative, learn to think only of the good traits that you’ve developed along the way. When your XQ is high, it means you were exposed to experiences that became your ‘inspiration’ to move forward and perform better.

By checking up on your experiential intelligence, you’ll become more aware of yourself as well as your surroundings. You’ll learn how to react in different situations, and it’ll be easier for you to build rapport and camaraderie with others. Through this, you can say that ‘experience is indeed the best teacher’.

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