In the game of life and the quest for that big paycheck, luck often trumps brains

“It’s better to be born lucky than smart” is an old adage my mother liked to impart—usually when I came home with a barely scratched D-minus in some exam. Bless her. But apart from that obvious maternal affection for her offspring, the old darling was not wrong at all. While brains and intelligence are traditional predictors of career success, they are not necessarily factors that determine who reaps the biggest pay packages.

Recent research published by Linkoping University in Sweden confirmed that higher intelligence does indeed correspond to higher wages – but only up to a certain amount – €50,000, to be exact.