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Not only are these intellectual giants usually wrong, but sadly, by the time they awaken to a state of reality, it is already too late. When a person begins to believe their own smoke, they have placed themselves on a very slippery slope. While raw intelligence is a valuable commodity, in-and-of-itself, and to the exclusion of other traits and characteristics, the sole reliance on IQ can be a barrier to professional growth and maturity.
in. Are you looking to spot intelligent person characteristics? If so, pay attention and this article will help you out.
You're empathetic & compassionate
Stupid people tend to overestimate their competence, while smart people tend to sell themselves short. The phenomenon is now known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. Intelligence has been a prized human trait for a long time. When we think of smart people, we know that they typically earn more money, attend school for longer, and have an easier time managing all of the troubles we face in life. They seem to have more common sense and see things that will happen over the long term.
You just know. Their brilliance and common sense show themselves during routine conversations. They just seem more knowledgeable about everything than others. There are common characteristics of highly intelligent people. Let me share the many common s of intelligence I have observed.
Breadth beats depth.
To them, small talk is simply that. Meaningless even. They proactively listen to others and digest what was said before explaining their counter-argument. They bounce ideas and hypotheses off of others rather than discuss random pop psychology or the latest news on a celebrity couple. What they do care about is catching up and learning so that they can understand in the first place.
Truly intelligent people have the ability to inhabit a different perspective, especially a perspective they disagree with. Abraham Lincoln would sometimes argue with a friend from one perspective, and then they would switch and argue from the opposite perspective.
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They never feel the need to prove to other people how smart they are. My father went to Harvard and had a stunning memory. He never used his IQ as a way to make other people feel inferior. People who want to let everyone know how smart they are — yeah, I doubt they are. Intelligent people have patience with difficult, dense, or even ambiguous or vague subjects. This especially applies to people who are professionals or experts in their field.
To progressively learn more about it as a student.
To having dedicated hours studying and researching and becoming an expert. They know what the stages of learning are, and can explain their craft to anyone in those respective stages. They read and go to talks.
A sure of intelligence is reading and listening. The average CEO re 50 books a year. Warren Buffett spends most of his time reading.
They read a lot and are constantly still learning. My father always took us to historical places or natural wonders during our summer vacations.
Grand Canyon. Stuff like that. Our pleas to go to Disneyland went unheard. My father wanted to learn things on his days off — and his days on too. He not only read both fiction and nonfiction, but he also watched many documentaries. They ask questions. I guess they realize that the way you learn things is often to ask. Mike Schoultz writes about improving the performance of business.
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