From the time we were little, our parents told us to be smart. Most people want to consider themselves smart, certainly no one likes to feel stupid. But sadly, it’s difficult to determine if we were acting smart in a given situation until the time has passed, and of course, then it’s too late. There’s intelligence, and then there’s genius, but phewww we are not going to travel into that far far land today. We are just going to stick around our comfortable and able zones here. 🙂
There are certain perks for having the opportunity to hang around the smart people, besides our parents that have certainly taught us the right during the course of our lives. Through the years of growing up and having our own lives facing society, working towards a goal strive to be the best that we can be, enrich our lives and be a good citizen that we can contribute to the the world we are living in. No matter where it is. The concepts still the same. But we are not alone in this world, we need help, we need advice, and we need guidance for the better or good. There’s a saying in my culture that pretty much sums it up in every sense of the word. “When one is near a light, one will be lit … When near a tunnel the light becomes dim and eventually darkened”.
The benefits and perks of being around smart and intelligent people:
- Being Around Smart People Makes Us More Innovative
- The smart people usually don’t talk as much as we do, because they know they got smart by listening. 🙂
- They have hidden skills that never get rolled out until they’re needed. They don’t have any need to show their full capabilities for reasons of proving they’re better than others.
- They don’t overlook the possibility to save money. Prudence is a virtue, not to be mistaken with greed or stinginess. Being able to handle your finances and save, by avoiding unnecessary expenses, is an admirable quality.
- They don’t lose the opportunity to broaden their experience. They probably engage in social media. Not always, but probably. It is not only another opportunity to listen, but one they use to ensure they can feed their brains with things they otherwise wouldn’t have come across.
- They are constantly aware and know lots of things other than what they’re specialised in. Theirs is the gift of a broad mind, constantly fed with the stimulant of being interested in what everyone else is doing.
- They don’t permit their past to hold them back. The past cannot be erased, and it does not come back to haunt us, it simply never leaves. We need to learn how to cope with it, and not allow it to interfere with our future achievements. If there is nothing useful to be recovered from the past experience, simply close those doors and let it go.
- They know they are usually the smartest person in the room, but they don’t spend their time dwelling on that. Instead, they take it as a personal challenge to see if they can make everyone else the smartest person in the room too.
- Past experiences shape who we are today, and our previous struggles can build a strong character, but people tend to use their past to justify their mistakes or behaviour. Perhaps we use these excuses to gain understanding from others, or to make it easier to forgive ourselves.
- They juggle home, work and personal interests with dexterity and never fall back on the tired old refrain about work life balance. And when they’re juggling, they somehow manage to seem 100% engaged with what they’re doing, on all fronts simultaneously. Even though you know they’re taking appropriate steps behind the scenes to make sure their lives are perfectly, serenely balanced.
- Even when things go very badly wrong, they’ll be smiling. Smart people never get ruffled because their smart brains present them with alternatives faster than the bad stuff can happen.
- If they happen to be in a managerial position, they will make every effort to encourage people be be smarter, more connected and more popular than them in their teams. They’re not threatened because they know that smartness is synergistic.
- They never ever under any circumstances, make you feel less smart then they are, even though it would be easy to do so. They’ve learned through bitted experience that the only thing that happens when you make someone look bad is you look bad yourself.
- They don’t rely on good luck to solve their problems. “Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.” A good quote to be guided by when you invest your time and efforts into something. Hope for the best possible scenario is what motivates us, whereas preparing for the worst prevents us from falling apart.
- They don’t lie to themselves that everything will be easy. Don’t live in the illusion that life will be easy. Our efforts may be thwarted on more than one occasion. Bright and intelligent people know how to pick themselves up and make a comeback. They work on their confidence, and don’t expect things to get easier. Even when things appear to be easy, don’t drop our guard. It’s always quiet before the storm.
- They don’t give up on their ideas just because other people don’t agree with them. knowing when to give up and start new is a good thing, and how being too stubborn or pushy will ultimately yield bad results. Well, a wise person knows when he or she should push the envelope and stand firm when the situation takes a turn for the worst.
With all this being said, when we surround ourselfves with successful people, they achieve success, and sometimes we don’t. The hard truth is, it’s sometimes a challenge to see their career skyrocket, and ours get stuck. But from time to time we do sit back and wonder what happened to our potential. We must remind ourselves that everyone’s different and that God always has a plan for each and everyone of us. I have to admit, I’ll pick the smart and motivated people every time. The benefits of friendship, challenging my thinking, and showing me options I never thought about are more than worth the occasional feelings of inadequacy by comparison by far.
Plus, while it’s not about keeping score, I really do believe God has a plan out there somewhere for all of us . . . Have I missed it somehow? 🙂 🙂
What are your secrets or any experiences to having a smart friend and what have you learn or benefit from the relationship?