How to Be Smart

I've discovered that to be really smart, you have to surround yourself with people who are really smart. It’s impossible for me to know everything, but if I surround myself with people who know things that I don’t, I can get a little closer.


It’s really hard for me to say that.

I’ve always been somewhat of a loner. I don’t like asking for help.

I also really like being the smartest. I hate being wrong, and I love it when I’m right.

But I’m starting to realize that my desire to know everything and my aversion to asking for help are mutually exclusive.


Someone once said that if you are the smartest person in the room, you need to find a new room.

The key to being incredibly smart is always being in a room where people are smarter than you - intentionally seeking to not settle with being the smartest person in the room. 

Constantly being the smartest is a great way to not learn anything new.

The pride that desires to be the smartest person in the room is a pride that will ultimately make you an idiot. Humility, it turns out, is the key to intelligence. 

Saul -> Paul

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