A successful student is not necessarily the most intelligent one. Motivation and discipline are more important characteristics to successfully completing a study program, research by occupational psychologist Rutger Kappe of the Universiteit in Amsterdam shows.
The occupational psychologist studied the IQ, the degree of ambition and motivation of one hundred and fifty students at the Hogeschool Inholland. In addition, he paid attention to the student’s characteristics such as precision, extroversion, kindness, creativity and emotional stability.
Characteristics such as drive and organizational skills are five times more important. Motivation appears to be twice as important as intelligence.