Why are smart people often not actually clever?

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There are often people that we think are clever or know the answers to everything.

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you think that of them?

Is it because they have a degree?

Is it because they are on the C-Suite of a company?

Maybe it’s because they have a ton of money and fancy things?

Does this really make them clever?

I have learnt over the years that an expert is not necessary clever and a clever person is not necessarily an expert.

If I am seeking financial advice I don’t ask a leader of a company – I ask his accountant.

If I am looking to buy a new car – I don’t ask the salesperson about the vehicle I ask a mechanic.

See where I am going with this?

There is an old saying that goes along the lines of “Those that can’t do teach and those that can’t teach, do”.

So depending on what you are trying to find out or investigate, choose your source of reference based on the above.

Remember – often the most intelligent person in the room is the one not saying anything.

So – if you are looking to find out something about your business or maybe even your life – look for the person that has actually achieved what you are looking for not the person doing what you want to do.

Past experience trumps current success every day of the week.


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