If you think you need to act like the smartest person ever to become that, you’re in for surprise. In today’s article, discover a seemingly counterintuitive approach to becoming the smartest version of yourself!
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In this article:
- How Acting like You’re Not the Smartest Person in the World Can Turn You into the Smartest Person Alive
- How To Be The Smartest Person Ever
- Who Is the Smartest Person in the World?
5 Ways to Become the Smartest Person Ever: A Counter-Intuitive Approach
How Acting like You’re Not the Smartest Person in the World Can Turn You into the Smartest Person Alive
Acting like the opposite of what you want to become doesn’t sound like a good idea. The idea of acting like they’re not the smartest people in the world to become the smartest person ever doesn’t sit well with many people.
Actually, it may be one of the most common-sense approaches to becoming the smartest version of one’s self.
If you try to act smarter than you really are, your actual “smartness” will eventually be exposed, especially if you’re around people who are actually more intelligent than you.
If you think you’re the smartest person in the room and act like it, you won’t be in a position to learn new things. You’ll simply brush off potentially beneficial nuggets of wisdom others freely give.
If you think of yourself as the least intelligent in the room in ways that aren’t self-deprecating, the opposite may happen. You can put yourself in a position to grow in knowledge continuously, thanks to the people around you.
Here are five ways you can purposefully, and with dignity, act like you’re not the smartest person in the room en route to becoming your smartest version ever.
How To Be The Smartest Person Ever
1. Practice Humility
Your ability to successfully practice the other four ways are dependent on this one. If you can’t get this one down to pat, then you might as well say goodbye to the other four.
You may be thinking: “Shouldn’t I be showing people how confident and intelligent I am to wow ‘em all?” Well, not really.
Consider this: most people, not all, but most, will forget you over time, which most humans naturally do. We all tend to move on to our next “things” as we go through with our lives.
But here’s the thing: by practicing humility, chances are you’ll find it hard to forget for other people. In particular, the people who can help you become the smartest person ever.
And when you remember those people always, chances are high you’ll remember the things that made them smarter than you, too. Remembering those things puts you in a position of applying them in your life and becoming just as smart.
2. Listen Actively to the Other Person
Once you’ve gotten the humility part down pat, or at least accepted its importance, you’ll realize that part of acting with humility is to actively listen to the people you’re talking to. This is regardless if that person’s on a lower rung of “education” or “achievements” ladder you’re currently on.
You see, you can be smarter than most others in certain areas of your life. This will probably include your occupation — for example, if you’re an accountant, you obviously know more about accounting than engineers.
But if you’re talking about how a particular building was marvelously or hideously designed to withstand a natural disaster, you’ll need to listen more to a structural engineer than talk to him. The more actively you listen, such as by not interrupting or ignoring others who try to butt in, the more you’ll find yourself smarter than most accountants when it comes to structural engineering!
3. Ask Follow-Up Questions With Confidence
Many people fail to become smarter after talking to people who are more intelligent because they don’t ask questions. In particular, they don’t ask follow-up questions because of two things: pride and fear.
- Pride rears its ugly head when people think they know everything or they want to put up a “smart” facade.
- Fear rears its head when people don’t ask questions they have in mind for fear of being ridiculed.
By asking relevant follow-up questions, you can understand what others tell you on a deeper level. Not only can you become smarter, but you’re on the path to becoming an expert on the topics they’re talking about.
If you don’t ask follow-up questions, anything you’ll learn from others only becomes surface or shallow knowledge. Trivia won’t really make you smarter than you already are.
4. Encourage the Other Person to Talk Even More
Just when you think the other person has already spilled all the beans that can make you a much smarter person, think again. Chances are, that person may have even more beans to spill for you!
If you think you’ve asked all possible follow-up questions, you can repeat the main points of what the other person said in your own words. For example, you can say things like:
- “Can I check with you if I got what you said right?”
- “Did I get it right that…?”
In a respectful way, squeeze as much knowledge and wisdom as you can from the people you interact with. Take advantage of their knowledge and understanding to become smarter yourself.
5. Make Sure You’re Always Learning Something New
Many people assume that learning falls only within the four corners of the classroom. They think that once school is done, learning’s done, too.
Nothing can be farther from the truth. Life is one long learning journey, which means learning new things only stops when we die.
The only thing left for discussion about continuous learning is whether we do it intentionally. Making continuous learning a habit is the key to growing exponentially in intelligence.
Knowledge can grow exponentially, like compounding interest. When you learn something new today, you can learn more complicated stuff tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day.
Before you know it, you’re twice as smart as you were a few weeks or months earlier.
When you always learn something new, you’re exercising your brain and helping to keep it fit as you age. And just like physical muscles, regular and intentional training can make your mind sharper, stronger, and faster.
Who Is the Smartest Person in the World?
The smartest person in the world isn’t necessarily someone who has a master’s degree from Harvard University or Oxford University. The person who accepts the fact that they may not be as smart as they think they are is the smartest person in the world.
With the knowledge that he or she doesn’t know everything and really acting like it, that person will continuously acquire more knowledge and become smarter with each passing day, week, month, and year.
Continuous and purposeful education will guarantee you’re well on your way to becoming your smartest version ever with each passing day, week, month, and year.
Always remember to eat humble pie, act like an ignoramus, and learn from the people you interact with and various learning mediums. If you do, becoming the smartest person ever won’t be far behind.
Do you have other practical ideas that can help others become the smartest versions of themselves? Let us know in the comments section below.
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