Academic success - a high IQ says nothing about whether you are a hard worker or whether you can apply to actual situations whereas academic success provides some form of more solid evidence of achievement.
An IQ for me is to more of how someone is naturally abled and someone can have a big IQ w/o working hard. However, for someone with a low IQ but high academic achievements, means that they would have worked their bums of so achieve their goals and dedicated thise time to make their future and that's in my opinion worthy of respect. Nevertheless that doesn't mean the other person is any less worthy of respect, it just indicates that both have a talent into becoming who they are.
I think you're right. A person with an average IQ and a really great work ethic will almost always be better than a high IQ person with no work ethic. That's basically what I said in my post.
IQ does show intelligence I'm afraid, it just doesn't give the whole picture. Understanding people is clearly part of intelligence that doesn't show on an IQ test - but being hard working doesn't mean you understand and are good with people either.
IQ really tests problem solving and analysis. These are two things which can be pretty universally applied if you're good at them.
I would bet that almost every very successful person (in areas where you actually need to think - not a popstar or model for example) would have comfortably above average IQs. They may not always conform to people's ideas of what a high IQ person should be like, but they'll have it.
EQ is obviously pretty important as well. A person with reasonably high in both is likely to do better than someone with really high in one and really low in the other.
Which is better to have? probably academic success. Whilst I know plenty of people who are by not "especially" intelligent who achieved well academically - none of them are by any means stupid... that sort of success sort if guarantees average or above average intelligence.
On the other hand... as someone who is (trumpet blowing...) of above average intelligence who completely messed up University (twice, despite high academic achievement up until that point) through apathy... I can promise you that being intelligent but stuck in a dead-end job is completely soul destroying. I would genuinely rather be a thick as muck some days, because at least then I might be content with the world.
Maybe. I'm not quite ready to write myself off yet, I suppose. Ask me again in 10 years.
For now I'll say... intelligence is not only worthless if you waste it, it's utterly miserable. You'd be better off as an unintelligent, happy worker bee than an intelligent underachiever.
[edited to add] obviously I'm answering this in terms of general high intelligence, rather than specifically "IQ", as I don't think it's a particularly useful tool. I've encountered plenty of people with sky-high mathematical / logical / Visio-spacial IQs (and resulting high IQ scores) who are almost completely void of any form of social or personal awareness. I doubt those people are particularly prone to existentialist issues. Then again, I suspect they're also far less likely to underachieve academically...
High grades will mean you can actually apply to jobs. If I was in charge of recruitment for a company and someone sent me a CV where the only thing on it was a high IQ, I would **** on it an send it back.
IQ tests aren't great indicators of intelligence, they were never designed to test how intelligent someone is.
If it was a choice between high intelligence and good grades, that would be a different discussion. As good grades requires some intelligence and also give you a head start applying for jobs etc but very high intelligence gives you the opportunity to really succeed, but you you might be in a very junior position with out the real chance to show your self for a while.