It’s probably not surprising to read that extremely intelligent people think, act, and solve problems quite differently than your average Joe (or Jill!), but it might be surprising to learn just how “geniuses” arrive at their always insightful and adequately enlightened decisions. As it turns out, they start by mostly ignoring many of the everyday issues that bog down the rest of us, such as keeping things tidy, consciously trying to act civil, and maintaining a fairly consistent weekly routine. Checkout the list below for the specifics—you’ll probably be shocked to learn what has been holding you back from true brilliance all of these years!
#1: Intelligent people tend to swear a lot.
But it’s all about timing and circumstances. Smart individuals normally swear once to make their point (some swear words do describe some thoughts, feelings, and actions perfectly!), and then return to their usual, productive, analytical state. What’s more, they tend to avoid going on “swearing sprees” because they’re just not efficient or effective in the short-term or long-term. And, of course, intelligent people are smart enough to realize when swearing just isn’t acceptable (even if it’s warranted), and they’re able to catch themselves before blurting anything out. Finally, research indicates that the ability to formulate fitting swear words is tied to a high vocabulary and language fluency.
#2: Intelligent people usually stay up late.
Studies have proven that young people with the highest IQs also happen to be the young people who are active at night on a regular basis. More specifically, individuals with an IQ of under 75 usually went to sleep around 11:41 p.m. (during the week), and individuals with an IQ of over 125 normally went to bed at approximately 12:29 a.m.
#3: Intelligent people are frequently messy people.
This explodes all previous notions which argue that a clean living and working environment produces more efficient and effective results and success. Psychological scientists and researchers at the University of Minnesota now argue that a messy environment stimulates creative thinking and generating new ideas in general. Think of it as freeing yourself from too much of a normal life—and as keeping things interesting.
#4: Intelligent people tend to be moral people.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.
#5: Intelligent people consciously strive for original ideas and solutions.
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”— Albert Einstein
#6: Intelligent people truly look at failures as valuable experiences and lessons.
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”—Henry Ford
#7: Intelligent people enjoy thinking about and working out problems until they are solved.
“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.”—Winston Churchill
#8: Intelligent people are highly adaptable.
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”—Stephen Hawking
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.