Sangeetha Pulapaka

What is brainpower? My dictionary simply says this: "Intellectual capacity." That's the entire entry. This two-word definition leaves a lot of things unanswered. For example, does "intellectual capacity," and therefore brainpower simply mean IQ, or "intelligence quotient"?

I have another definition of brainpower that I prefer. It is the effective use of one's brain. Power is not the mere possession of things that have potential, but the ability to use them. Military power, for example, does not arise solely from owning weapons, but from having men who are trained to use them.

In a similar way, intelligence alone is not brainpower, if there is no ability to use it effectively. Perhaps you have known an intelligent person who can talk endlessly about almost any topic, but has trouble actually doing anything in life. You might say that such a person has much potential brainpower, but a less intelligent man who can implement one good idea has more actual brainpower.

I would say that Einstein, who also had a high IQ, had a lot of brainpower, because he produced many things with his intelligence. Henry Ford, who was not known for his high IQ, also had a lot of brainpower, because he very effectively used what intelligence he had. Then there are the millions of intellectuals who truly have potential and maybe even high IQ scores, but never seem to find a way to make that mean something in the world or in their own lives. By my definition they have no real brainpower.

If you agree with this definition of brainpower, and you want to increase yours, you have to do a couple of things. First, it certainly helps to have more knowledge, and learn certain techniques (like problem solving techniques). But in addition to that, you have to connect that raw intelligence and technique to real life.

So, in conclusion I feel that brainpower does  diminish if we do not use it!