In the past I blogged about the seminal moment in my childhood when I was tested on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), an experience that launched my lifelong love affair with IQ.
And what an odyssey it’s been.
Despite getting only a social science degree from an average Canadian university, I’ve had the best education in the World. I grew up corresponding with members of the Triple Nine Society, the Prometheus society, the Mega society. Some of the greatest minds in the World would send me emails, explaining their philosophy on life.
By my early twenties, I knew more than my university professors.
And now in my 30s, I look back at where it all began: When I took the WISC at age 12.
I spent all of this Sunday morning and afternoon rummaging through boxes at my parent’s house and my grandmother’s house. It was a treasure trove of childhood report cards (I got HORRIBLE grades), old photographs, and long forgotten mother’s day gifts created with my own hands, horror scripts I had written, drawings I had made… My whole childhood reduced to half a dozen cardboard boxes.
And then I found it.
Folded in half.
My childhood WISC results:
I haven’t seen these results in over twenty years.
The subtest scores vary a lot, but I’m very happy with the overall score. Not nearly as high as I used to tell my Promethean friends to fit in, but much higher than the most top bloggers, who probably average around IQ 120.
Seeing these results…
Holding them in my hand…
It was like going back in time over twenty years to the day that launched my life’s work and made me the man I am today.
I was flooded with uncontrollable emotion.
It was so intense.
I wanted to speak to that shy troubled depressed 12-year-old boy I once was and say:
You’re going to be okay
No matter how gloomy and dark the future looks now, your time will come.
You’re never going to be a psychometrician like you want to be, but, by the time you’re in your thirties, you’re going to acquire special skills that are in high demand in both our government and our economy and that will be your ticket to the life you’ve always wanted.
Just hang in there a little longer