If You're Good At One Of These 8 Things, Start A Company

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I’ve long believed that entrepreneurs are different.We all know successful entrepreneurs who dropped out of school, and people with high IQs that cannot manage a business. I used to call this “street smarts,” but recently I found a better explanation, called multiple intelligences.

Successful entrepreneurs always seem to have several good intelligences.

The theory of multiple intelligences was developed way back in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, at Harvard University. He suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, called the Intelligent Quotient (IQ), is far too limited. Instead, he now has broad acceptance for at least eight different intelligences that cover a broad range of human potential.

This post originally appeared at Startup Professionals Musings.

Linguistic intelligence is the ability to think in words and to use language to express complex meanings.

Linguistic intelligence is the most widely shared human competence, most evident in poets and novelists. It is also evident in entrepreneurs writing good business plans and convincing investors.

Interpersonal intelligence is the ability to understand and interact effectively with others.

It involves effective verbal and nonverbal communication, sensitivity to moods and temperaments, and the ability to understand multiple perspectives. Entrepreneurs particularly need interpersonal intelligence.

Intra-personal intelligence is the capacity to understand oneself, and to use such knowledge in planning and strategy.

Intra-personal intelligence involves not only an appreciation of the self, but also of the human condition. It is evident in psychologists, spiritual leaders, and business leaders.

Bodily kinesthetic intelligence is the capacity to manipulate objects and use a variety of physical skills.

This intelligence also involves a sense of timing and the perfection of skills through mind--body union. Inventors and people providing mechanical products need this intelligence.

Logical-mathematical intelligence is the ability to calculate, quantify, and think logically.

This intelligence is usually well developed in mathematicians, technologists, and computer programmers, and is usually associated with traditional IQ.

Designates the human ability to discriminate among living things as well as sensitivity to other features of the natural world.

I believe that good entrepreneurs use this to discriminate among consumer needs, and pick the most marketable products to offer.

Musical intelligence is the capacity to discern pitch, rhythm, timbre, and tone.

This intelligence enables us to recognise, create, reproduce, and reflect on music interests and needs, as demonstrated by composers, conductors, musicians, vocalist, and sensitive listeners.

Spatial intelligence is the ability to think in three dimensions. Core capacities include mental imagery, spatial reasoning, graphic and artistic skills, and an active imagination.

Sailors, pilots, sculptors, painters, and architects all exhibit spatial intelligence. It's easy to see how this is important to entrepreneurs.

Closing thoughts

Which business plan makes the most sense for you?

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