Smart is good. I’ve always thought that one of the most flattering compliments someone could receive is to be referred to as “bright”, as I feel that word encapsulates much more than just one’s mental aptitude. The ability to learn and have a wealth of knowledge in that thing we call a brain is something to be admired.
The expression “the smartest guy in the room”, depending on how it’s used, can be a term of endearment or a flat out insult. But you can’t deny someone’s brain if it’s functioning at a level superior to your own. I know a few people (my dad being one of them) who I look at and think Wow, your mind is on a totally other level than most.
That being said, I find that most couldn’t really care less about how smart someone is anymore. And I don’t mean those simply making small talks at parties or cocktail hour. Most organizations are hiring based on personality much more than someone’s actual IQ (unless you’re trying to get inside NASA or other similar institutions, then an exceptional IQ is required). Nowadays, in order to be successful, we all need to understand the shift that’s occurring under our feet.
No one cares about how smart you are. People care about how interesting you are.
Old stereotypes are shifting with the technological revolution that we’re living in. We’re connected to a device that can tell us anything we might want or need to know. Being intelligent used to be the main factor, the one thing that makes the difference, it simply isn’t anymore.
With that, I challenge us to make the shift from trying to learn and know about all the stuff in the world to actually living it.
Be someone that you yourself would find interesting.
Travel the world and meet every type of person it has to offer.
Experience LIFE in a way that most people don’t and will never.
Run down the path that has never been taken.
Try different hobbies.
Try to be a musician, a dancer, a poet.
Do that one thing you’ve been aching to do just for the sake of doing it.
Live LIFE to the fullest reaches of our known existence.
I want to try all of those things. I want to LIVE Life. Because I know for sure, that in the end, I won’t regret it.
How about you? What would you prefer?
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