Learning, intelligence and success

Years ago I watched an episode of the series ‘Prison Break’ and saw an interesting definition of intelligence. It went like this:

Intelligence is just how sensible one person is to a specific type of stimulus.

Different people have different sensibilities: to math, to music or painting, to closing deals or seducing women, to listening to people. Or to accepting fear or to filtering reality adequately.

Some things seem very natural to you, right? And others you just can’t figure out no matter the effort!

Are our minds designed to process different types of inputs differently?

I like the above definition of intelligence because it could explain:

1/ why lots of people who seem like geniuses in certain areas often do extremely poorly in others

2/ people which are seen as successful are often those which seem well-rounded, but without being considered geniuses in anything specifically.

That math wiz that can’t handle dates or that fantastic sales guy who has a hard time dealing with his kids.

In the end it feels like we have 100 pieces of “intelligence” that needs to be distributed across skills, like in those RPG games. And some people have 150 pieces and still end up fucking things up.


Now onto a tweet storm which prompted me to dig this ‘Prison Break’ episode from ages ago and do some writing here. I found it spot on and decided to steal it from the author:


Feel free to get in touch. I will surely answer you when I find some time. A brief introduction would be welcomed.