Smart and gets things done

Another article by Joel that makes a nice honours topic: smart and gets things done. We have people in academia with IQs of 130+ who basically achieve nothing. The world is, of course, overflowing with people who get nothing done. There are those too who get things done: the wrong things!

So finding people who are smart and get thing done will be of value. Detecting companies run by and staffed by these people will be a good investment guide. How can we do it?

How can we select smart? – easy: there are many IQ tests, and they all measure the same construct: general ability.

But how do we measure getting things done? Is that organization? Maybe. Conscientiousness? (no – too high and you can’t tolerate the noise that abounds during getting things done).

How about “energy”? This is my best bet: just plain energy. The ability to work hard, physically and mentally. To not give in, to not sit idle, not to be busy with busy work.


One thought on “Smart and gets things done

  1. That’s interesting – you see that with reasoning tasks. Some people clearly get burned out and just can’t be arsed, you get more discourse interpretation processes kicking in (and that’s interesting of course). The people who’ve got the stamina, I reckon, are more likely to use classical logic (or classical logic with Gricean quanters). Some people are just better at grinding away than others. Personally I can only grind – properly – late at night.

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