Success Is More About Grit than IQ

There are a lot of factors that influence success. Some extremely smart people use their brains to be successful. Other people work really hard and become a success. Other people just flat get lucky and achieve success.

When you look at these factors, you can’t really control how lucky you get and you can’t really control your IQ. However, you can control how hard you work. There’s a word for those that work hard, endure well, and stick with something. It’s called Grit.

It’s amazing how many people fail in their careers because they just decide to give up. We don’t hear about a lot of those stories since no one wants to read a story about someone who gave up. However, almost every career success story has at least one and usually many examples where that person had to grit their teeth and overcome what seemed like an insurmountable obstacle. It wasn’t about how smart they were. It was about how much grit they had to overcome the challenges in their way.

This should give hope to everyone in their career. While I think that some people are born to naturally have grit, I think that anyone can develop grit.

What do you think about the importance of grit in career success? Is it more important than IQ? Is there something else that you think is more important than grit?

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.