Individuals have strengths in different areas of intelligence (Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences)
What defines intelligent varies by culture (eg Industrialized countries v. primative societies)
Environment plays a critical role in intelligence
Scores well on IQ tests and general intelligence tests (in our society) - this is not the same qualification if one lives in a primative society. The standards by which one is determined to be intelligent in those types of cultures differs from industrialized Western countries.
Sucess in school - whatever success level is for each individual. Thus, if someone meets and exceeds their potential, they are academically successful.
Intelligent behavior involves:, Environmental Context, Adapting behavior to fit the environment, Adapting the environment to fit one's needs, Selecting an environment conducive to success, Prior Experience, Dealing with a new situation by drawing on past experience, Dealing with a familiar situation quickly and efficiently, Cognitive Processes, Interpreting new situations in useful ways, Sustaining concentration on a task, Separating important information from irrelevant details, Identifying effect problem solving strategies, Finding relationships among seemingly different ideas, Making effective use of feedback, Appying other processes as well
Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you'll feed him for a lifetime.