Does your decision-making process take into account too much information that is irrelevant, before you make any decisions? Do you see the potential for trouble around every corner? Do you see a reason not to move forward because there’s a competitor who appears to be holding all the aces? Do you need to carry out more research? Do you need a better qualification? Do you doubt your ability to get the task done?
If you have answered yes to all of the above, then the quote by Bertrand Russell will have a great deal of meaning for you. The saying “have you ticked all the boxes?” is something you live by rather than words you just read on a page.
On the other hand, if you answered the questions with answers like, what competitors are you talking about? What trouble? I don’t see any trouble. When failing is an option that you wouldn’t even consider? You will have the business world at your mercy because you have the right attitude to meet all the challenges you will face. The following saying seems appropriate given the circumstances “If you’re not aware of the potential for trouble? Does it exist at all?” or “ignorance will remove all doubt from the mind.”
In answer to the headline, does being intelligent block your success? The answer is absolutely and definitely no. Regardless of how many answers are required? Everybody given the right opportunity will succeed. They just need to remember the following sentence.
- I have complete confidence in everything I do.