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The Good (And Not So Good) Habits of Highly Intelligent People

Being supersmart has its upside--and its downside, too.
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Here's a chicken-versus-egg question for you: Do people have high IQs because they've developed certain habits, or do they develop certain habits because they have high IQs?

I'm not sure there's an answer to that question, but people with higher IQs do tend to share certain habits--both positive and (depending on your point of view) negative. They're persistent. They set goals. They read a lot.

And they also stay up later, tend to drink more, and tend to remain virgins longer (whether that is positive or negative is definitely a matter of perspective).

For more, check out this infographic from Visual.ly and Online-PhD-Programs.org.

Last updated: Jul 30, 2014

JEFF HADEN | Columnist

Jeff Haden learned much of what he knows about business and technology as he worked his way up in the manufacturing industry. Everything else he picks up from ghostwriting books for some of the smartest leaders he knows in business.

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