Every man is in search of a mantra for success and happiness in life. He thinks that focus on the knowledge aspect IQ will bring him success. But this Intelligent Quotient is not the only ‘Q’ that can bring success. There are other ‘Qs’ that have to be focused for success and a joyful life.
Man is in pursuit of finding ways and means that can ensure him success and happiness. He believes that higher education and highly-paid jobs only can bring that success. He thinks that IQ is the key to ensure success in life in this knowledge dominated world.Hence he is concentrating on the aspect of improving knowledge and education. It has become a trend everywhere in our consumerist life to focus our efforts only to develop IQ or Intelligent Quotient, neglecting the other ‘Qs’.
Four essential ‘Qs’
We do not bother to think that there are ‘Qs’ essential for success in human life. They are the necessary infrastructures on which life can properly be built and lived. But unfortunately in the modern ‘consumer world’ they are neglected or forgotten. The four essential ‘Qs’ we need are: PQ or Physical Quotient, IQ or intelligent Quotient, EQ or Emotional Quotient and SQ or Spiritual Quotient.
1) Physical Quotient
The first Q is the Physical infrastructure. It is the most important one on which any life can exist. Without it no other superstructure can be built upon it. It involves body fitness and body wellness. PQ is manifested through an energetic and healthy body with all its multi-systems functioning well.
2) Intelligent Quotient
IQ comes next. Traditionally Intelligent Quotient has been defined as a uniform cognitive capacity that people are born with and can be measured by IQ tests. But today advance researches have accepted that one’s IQ can grow and change according to one’s response to conditions and new opportunities. Today it is generally accepted that each person has a unique profile or combination of intelligence since al human beings have several types of intelligences. We can improve each of our intelligence, though some people can improve more readily in one intelligence area than in another.
3) Emotional Quotient
Emotional Quotient is the third one that is gaining importance today. Recent studies have revealed that EQ deals with one’s developed ability to deal with both intrapersonal and inter-personal matters. In the modern life, stress has become an inevitable factor in so many ways. Stress has become a common ailment that leads to many other complicated diseases threatening life. EQ or Emotional Quotient has become very necessary for survival today to
4) Spiritual Quotient
Spiritual Quotient though comes last, is the most important one. It represents the truest and deepest self of every individual– his innermost self. It is becoming popular today because many very rich and well-to-do persons are suffering very much in spite of all comfort available to them. It is the inner struggle of the self. Today, they have understood that SQ is the most necessary and fundamental infrastructure. In modern life this hunger for Spiritual Quotient can be seen explicitly everywhere. Modern man finds that there is a void or emptiness in his life in spite of all his efforts to construct walls around him for his selfish pleasure and safety. Man’s thirst for inner peace is undergoing new trials.
Each of these four goals has great relevance to life and makes its distinct contribution to life. All these four ‘Qs’ are inter-connected and inter-dependent. For example, while knowledge (IQ) is really power, alone, it can quickly get into the quick sands of physical diseases and emotional stress, conflicts and violence, unless the PQ and EQ are integrated with IQ. One cannot do that without the Spiritual Quotient’s significant contribution in terms of values, norms, perspectives and attitudes.
It is our attitude that defines our connectivity
It is our attitude that defines and decides us. Recent researches have revealed that we have three real brains (instead of one), one in our gut, another in our heart and the third in our head. We can compare this inter-connectivity to a patient, moving with serious spinal injury ‘as one piece’. If you try to lift his head separately it will be fatal and you have to move the patient ‘as a single piece’.
Human life is about connections and connectivity. Many of us live today in piecemeal fashion and ‘not as a single piece’, not integrated and not connected. Living as one (single) piece with all these four ‘Qs’ only can lead us to success, peace and joy.