Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

So my plan for this blog is for regularly scheduled Sunday posts with tips, ideas, and recommendations. Other things (personal news, musings, etc.) I’ll post on other days, as appropriate. So my first “Worth Mentioning” post is because I’ve been tagged by John, The Eclectic Contrarian, for a 3.2.1 Quote Challenge. Thanks for thinking of me, and for getting me thinking!

The rules of the challenge are:

• Thank the Selector

• Post 2 quotes for the dedicated topic of the day

• Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

• And give them a topic/word

Note: Although this is the topic for today there is no specific deadline to it, meaning you  can answer when you chose.

The Word I Received Is: Intelligence

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. -Salvador Dali

I’m a huge believer in hard work and perseverance. Going back to my student days, I was in classes with people who had a wide range of intelligence, but across the board the ones who were the most successful were the ones who worked the hardest. I think that our intellect is like any other gift we’re given: we need to use it to achieve our goals.

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. _Albert Einstein

Einstein’s words have a similar message. The more you work at something, the better you become, whether it’s a physical activity or an intellectual exercise. One of my teacher friends once told me, “There’s a huge difference between ‘I don’t get it’ and ‘I don’t get it YET’. The student with the growth mindset is the student who’s going to succeed.”

I’ve definitely started making an effort to think in terms of “yet”. “I can’t do this…yet. I don’t know what to do…yet.” You get the idea.

  instagramiconBy the way, you can find more of my favorite quotations on my Instagram feed. 

So my challenge word is: Dedication

I’m tagging:

Amy Beth


Lottie Rose

What do you think?


How do you exercise your mind? In your opinion, how big a role does intelligence play in being successful? Leave me a comment-I’m dying to discuss this!


17 thoughts on “Worth Mentioning: Thoughts on Intelligence (3.2.1 Quote Challenge)

  1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    This is a great post! You taught me some stuff and got me thinking. A very intelligent message!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thanks for providing the inspiration! 🙂

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        You’re welcome! Now about your question… you hit the nail on the head. Intelligence is very much needed but look at all the people who just had an idea and put it into motion and made it a success. Intelligence is a single thread. It takes ambition and then hard work to push that ambition into motion. Then intelligence supervises to keep everything in place and continue rolling.

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      2. Amanda Cade says:

        Absolutely. What we choose to do, and how hard we work at it, makes such a difference.

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  2. Michelle says:

    These are great quotes!

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  3. Wow what powerful quotes! Thank you!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I love it when something gets me thinking first thing in the morning. 🙂


  4. I couldn’t agree more that hard work more than intelligence is the real key to success, and really it applies to all aspects of life. The trick is to develop an attitude about hard work that makes it fun and rewarding. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Absolutely! Do you have any secrets for adding fun to your work?


  5. As a teacher, I do lots of work with my students about the power of ‘yet’ and the importance of persistence. You’ve really hit the nail on the head here. Xo

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I think a student who can internalize that lesson will be on the road to success.


  6. Shell Vera says:

    I so enjoy using my bitmojis, so it’s so cool to me to see someone implement them throughout the blog!! 🤗 Small things make me happy!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amanda Cade says:

      They’re so much fun! And I always seem to be making goofy faces in actual pictures, so bitmojis are a great alternative. Lol

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Shell Vera says:

        I was wondering this morning as I change the clothes on mine if I’m the only one who tries out new outfits on my Bitmoji first. I totally understand what you mean about the same goofy faces. I think they actually modeled some of the faces the bitmoji’s show from some of the facial expressions I’ve had over the years. Lol

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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