What does it take to be smart? Higher IQ? Significant talents or creativity? Maybe all of these or maybe not. We don’t really know. But what we do know, is that to be smarter than you are now, you must have a combination of all of the above. Plus, there are other traits that we are not even aware of. But it doesn’t matter how smartness is achieved, there are some patterns and general trends that smart people tend to follow. A few of them are easily observable, whereas others require efforts. Down here are 12 simple things that smart people prefer doing every day.
1. Balancing Life
Smart people know how to maintain a balance between work and living life. For them, life isn’t all about work and they reward themselves when and if necessary. It could be simple things like a weekend trip or a long holiday.
2. Gut Feeling
We all experience those nagging voices inside us saying we are wrong, or foolish or are making a bad decision. Smart people follow their gut feeling instead and give less importance to these voices.
A smart individual is opinionated. No matter what topic you have on the table, they will always be ready to have a conversation. A healthy one.
4. Sleeping Late
Going to bed late at night is directly linked to having higher IQs. Though there isn’t a causal link here, generally, smarter people prefer staying up late.
5. Encouraging Others
Smartness is not all about building up oneself and only working in that direction. Smart people prefer encouraging others and boost them up accordingly. They are not selfish.
Modern life is full of distractions and a clever person knows how to strike these out from their life. They focus on important things.
7. They Don’t Show-off
Smart people don’t like showing off that they know-it-all. For them, knowledge has no boundaries and they always strive to learn something new.
Failures aren’t the end. It’s the beginning, and only smartness can understand this. Smart individuals are experience-driven and take failure as a part of growth.
With trends rising and falling every day, smart people keep themselves away from it. They choose not to follow the rising tides and rather like simple things.
10. They Hate Themselves
As the saying goes “You are your own worst critic” it holds true for these people. They criticize themselves with no end, scrutinizing every decision and choice to the tiniest bit.
11. They Are Unbiased
We often favor the person we like and no matter how unfortunate it may sound, it’s true. On the other hand, smart people put aside their feelings to make a decision.
12. They Are Curious
Smart individuals are extremely curious. Their will to experience new skills and explore new horizons sometimes drops them to an I-want-to-know-more state. While most people would avoid the things they couldn’t find an answer to, smart people investigate to find all the how’s and why’s.