Smart people have a different way of seeing and doing things. If you’re not blessed enough to have the thinking chops, you might want to read on to see what smart people do to be intellectually superior and generally happy.
1) Smart people are fantastic thinkers
Smart people are not easily convinced with assumptions and word of mouth. They are the kind of people who look into evidence and use their critical thinking and reasoning. They have to be fully convinced of the scenarios and evidence at hand before actually believing in anything.
2) Smart people reward themselves
Smart people do not dedicate their life to work alone. They are aware that they also need time to reward themselves after a job well done. They are fine whatever facet of life they experience – whether being in an expensive cruise ship or just being in a small town, enjoying a cone of ice cream.
3) Smart people neglect the voice within
There is no way a little voice in their head can affect the way they perform. Smart people have learned how to disregard that little voice saying they’re wrong, they’re foolish, or they’re not good enough. Instead, they focus on their goals and the realization of their dreams.
4) Smart people educate themselves about anything
Smart people always have something to say about almost anything under the sun. Even with those that they are not interested of, smart people always have their two cents to share. This makes them capable of keeping a conversation with almost any kind of person they meet.
5) Smart people sleep late at night
Though not all of those who sleep late are smart, majority of smart people are nocturnal. Studies show that there is a relationship between high IQ and sleeping late. Smart people enjoy doing lots of things that even the night can’t stop them from their activities and thoughts.
6) Smart people connect actions and consequences
Smart people tend to take their time before actually making a decision. They evaluate every possible option and its corresponding consequences. They study every move and choose the one which may have a favorable result.
7) Smart people keep the faith and perseverance
They are hard to quit. Smart people usually believe that a sinking ship may still be salvaged. For them, things normally get tougher before it get easier. A little faith and hope to persevere will keep them on the right track.
8) Smart people help others build themselves
They are not selfish about what they have. Smart people have the heart to help those who are in need. They believe that the progress of others is also their success in advancing life.
9) Smart people are clever in life
The world is full of distractions. Smart people are wise enough to know when they have to go with the distractions and when they need to stay away from it. They know which is more important and when to focus.
10) Smart people recognize failure and try new things
Smart people are not exempted when it comes to failures. In fact, they have so much of it. However, when failure comes, smart people recognize it and try new things where they are likely to succeed. Yes, smart people have failures and yet you don’t hear anything because they never complain.
11) Smart people know they have limited knowledge
Smart people recognize the fact that they don’t know everything. They hate being called a “know-it-all” because they are aware that there’s so much more to learn and they are far from “knowing it all.” In fact, smart people are willing to unlearn so they can earn more knowledge.
12) Smart people surround themselves with smart people
This is not to neglect the need to be with the not-so-smart bunch, but smart people need to spend much time with those who understand them. By surrounding themselves with other smart people, they learn new things – an endeavor they very much love.
13) Smart people learn from every mistake
Everybody needs to learn from mistakes, and smart people aren’t exempted. They are quick to identify their mistakes and consider them as opportunities to learn. They look back at their past decisions, identify what went wrong and make sure it won’t happen again in the future.
14) Smart people know when it is wise to follow the trend
Smart people have discriminating tastes. They do not easily give into the trend. They usually examine if a current trend and rationalize on whether or not the trend is worth following. Looking into how smart people adapt with trends will make you safe from other people’s criticisms.
15) Smart people learn from other people’s errors
Smart people often learn from the examples of other people. By looking into other people’s errors, they can avoid similar scenarios in their personal life. They are smart and don’t need to experience everything first-hand in order to learn.
16) Smart people challenge those easily accepted ways of thinking
Smart people often challenge the common knowledge and norms of the society. Unless you get them fully convinced, smart people will always have something to criticize about a certain issue or standard. In other words, they don’t just go wherever the wind takes them.
17) Smart people are consistently on time
Smart people are often aware of the importance of time. They don’t want their precious hours to be wasted, therefore, they make it a point to not waste other people’s time as well. Because of this, they get the respect and loyalty of their colleagues and partners.
18) Smart people criticize themselves
Smart people are usually self-critical. They perform a realistic, honest-to-goodness kind of evaluation about their thoughts and actions. By being honest to own self, they become their worst critic. However, these self-criticisms always result to their self-improvement.
19) Smart people are daily adapters
Smart people easily adapt to change. Whatever the situation may be, they are capable of solving daily problems in creative ways.
20) Smart people love learning
Smart people love finding potential learning opportunities. Learning new things excites them and makes them feel like they are conquering something.
21) Smart people know how to slow down
Smart people tend to talk and act fast – perhaps it’s because their brains work so fast, their mouths need to catch up. However, in private moments, smart people choose to slow down so they can ponder the best option available. They take things into careful consideration before coming up with an action.
22) Smart people search long to expand their horizons
Smart people are aware that there are still a lot of things they need to learn. And they are never comfortable with stagnation. They yearn to explore new things and expand their horizons.
23) Smart people can sometimes be dumb
Sometimes smart people overthink and over-analyze things that they can’t come up with simple solutions. They tend to be very technical and meticulous that sometimes they miss the bigger picture.
24) Smart people handle finances better
If you are living today with so many problems in dealing your financial status, then you may not smart enough. Smart people know how to live within their means and resources. While millions are suffering from overspending, smart people are enjoying the full use of their financial resources.
25) Smart people are naturally curious
Smart people never lose their interest in various things. This curiosity helps them accomplish many things by investigating and discovering.