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Monday Morning Motivation – Intelligence

By: Curt Stowers

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss intelligence.

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


It’s best to start this week’s piece off with the following:

  • What is ordinary to you is extraordinary to others.

When people think of the word “intelligence,” they normally immediately default to sheer intellectual horsepower. Visions of Einstein and college professors come to mind almost immediately. We think of the “smart” folks. And, certainly, the intellectual-horse-power form of intelligence can and is often extremely valuable.

Intellectual horsepower in isolation
is normally a recipe for disaster!

However, intellectual horsepower in isolation is normally a recipe for disaster! Some of the “smartest” people you know likely make some of the dumbest mistakes you can imagine.

Book smart vs. Street smart

I’m guessing that everyone reading this is familiar with the concept of “book smart” and can think of someone immediately when this term is brought up. Conversely, when “street smart” is tossed out in the discussion, an entirely different set of individuals come to mind.

Intelligence . . . is an ability to use
what you have learned
to take on a particular challenge.

Intelligence is NOT one thing. Rather it is an ability to use what you have learned to take on a particular challenge. Intelligence is often quite narrow and only useful in a particular situation.

Many kinds of highly intelligent people

Interestingly, when we turn away from the “bookish” form of intelligence and start thinking about people’s ability to apply what they have learned to specific situations, we start to see that there are a ton of highly intelligent people.

In fact, I would submit that just about everyone we encounter on a daily basis possesses some sort of intelligence that is uniquely theirs.

That brings us to this week’s question: 

  • What forms of intelligence are you capable of recognizing?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 

Have a great week!



About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that at least one person will find a bit of inspiration and that this inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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