When Victor Seribriakoff was fifteen, his teacher told him he would never finish school and that he should drop out and learn some trade. Victor took the advice and for the next 17 years he was an itinerant doing a variety of jobs. He had been told he was a ‘dunce’, and for 17 years he acted like one. An amazing transformation happen when he was at the age of 32 when an evaluation revealed that he was a genius with an IQ of 161.

Guess what? That’s right, he started acting like a genius. Since that time he has written books, secured a number of patents and became a successful businessman. Perhaps the most significant event for the former school dropout was his election as chairman of the International Mensa Society. The Mensa Society has only one membership qualification, a minimum IQ of 140.

The story of Victor Seribriakoff makes us wonder how many geniuses we have wandering around acting like dunces just because someone told them they weren’t too bright. Obviously, Victor did not suddenly acquire a tremendous amount of additional knowledge, but he did suddenly acquire a tremendous amount of added confidence the moment he knew about his IQ. The result was he instantly became more effective and more productive. When he saw himself differently, his self-image suddenly jumped up and he started acting differently. He now started expecting and so getting success.

Is self-image important? Authors in book “Born to Win” point out that man was born to win, but throughout a lifetime, as a result of our negative society, he is conditioned to lose. They stress that a healthy self-image is critical in the success parade.

The starting point for both success and happiness is a healthy self-image. An individual’s self-image is the core of his/her personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change, the choice of friends, mates and careers. Strong self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life!

Zig Ziglar, the famous motivational speaker and book author says in his book: Healthy self image is different from super inflated “I am the greatest” ego. Of diseases known to man, conceit is the weirdest of them all. It makes everyone sick except the one who has it. In fact the individual with a bad case of “I” trouble is really suffering from an extremely poor self-image.

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