How smart are you? How are you smart? Intelligence is an equal mixture of capacity and effort put forth to learn. Measuring human intelligence can be abstract. A standardized test known as the IQ exam was created to streamline the measurement process, but it only measures capacity. This is why when you go to apply for college, professional school, or some other graduate program, the committees don’t just look at your ACT or GRE scores. The capacity to learn is still the most important, but alone it equals nothing. Evidence of this is seen everywhere. Maybe you are applying for an internship among other applicants and they see your GRE score is 680 but your GPA is 3.2 and you didn’t participate in any extracurricular activities to build a resume. Another candidate scores a 640 with a 4.0 GPA and has a well-rounded resume. You can be assured the other student will get the position because he worked harder. People entering college with maybe a 32 on their ACT and an easily attained 4.0 GPA occasionally end up struggling tremendously or worse: dropping out. Some might change their major or their career plans altogether after realizing they weren’t ready to tackle the workload. This common phrase sums it up nicely, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” In today’s society, education is the key to major success financially with the exception of the very small fraction of athletes around the world. However, most people today still work with their hands and not their minds. Some have no choice while countless others wish that they would’ve wised up early on in life and taken education seriously. Maximize your potential.