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If You Value Being Smart Think Again

Ever heard phrases like theses?

Smart as a fox

Too smart for your own good

Too smart for your own britches

Smarty pants

If you’re so smart then why don’t you…

When you consider the subtleties of each phrase, there can be slightly different meanings but all share a consistent thread.  They all insinuate something negative rather than positive.

Yes, being smart has its advantages in some ways.  For example, it helps to be smart if you’re going to study quantum physics or similar disciplines.  So, it can’t be all bad, right?

Of course not!  Smart has its place in the world.  However, if you place it above everything else that’s when it becomes a problem.  The above phrases definitely can come into play.

So, what’s my point?  Well, it’s not about how smart you are.  It is more about how complete you are as a person.

Yes, leverage your “smarts” as appropriate but your challenge is to value the following characteristics above it and you will have a more fulfilling life.

First, and absolutely foremost, establish and build strong personal relationships with other people. It’s the people in your life that give you your ultimate purpose.  Who cares how smart you are if you don’t have positive, powerful personal relationships where you can use it to help them!

Next, understand what your passionate interests are.  It is through your passion for things that you will realize your true potential.  Without passion your potential is limited because your effort toward achieving that potential will be weak.

Passion puts power in your life.

Reflect on the lessons of your past is the next characteristic of more importance than being smart.   A major point to make regarding this characteristic is the idea is to reflect not dwell on your past.

If you look forward the lessons from your past can be valuable in helping you be more effective in your future.  However, there is no future if you only live in your past!

Another characteristic more valuable than being smart is being willing to explore the knowledge-base of your world.  Your level of knowledge cannot remain static or your life will be stuck in outdated information.

Think about it…why do you get frequent operating system updates from your computer’s manufacturer?  Of course, the answer is, if you didn’t update, your computer would be running based on old knowledge and sooner or later wouldn’t function in the modern world.

Judging people prematurely based on your biased perspective is never smart.  My bet is you have met someone in the past and your quick reaction was to judge them negatively in some way.  Then, with time you realized they weren’t as bad as you first thought!

Maybe they even became one of your best friends or a trusted advisor!  Be smart…”walk a mile in their shoes” and then begin to make your judgments about them.

Operate your life with efficiency and effectiveness.  It makes all aspects of your life much easier when you do right things at the right time in the right way and with the right results.

In everything you do, know why you are doing it.  Prioritize the things you need to do so you can get them done on a timely basis.  Don’t’ take shortcuts to getting things done unless you can still get them done the right way the first time.  Finally, know exactly the outcome you want from doing each thing you want to do before you do it.

Finally, remain young at heart and in your mind by staying engaged throughout your life with people, places, and things.  See old friends and make new friends frequently and persistently.  Take advantage of the wonders of the world and see places you’ve never seen.  Stay current with how everything is changing in the world by remaining curious and interested.

Do all the above things and you will experience not only the acronym that they create but true and lasting PURE JOY.  Now that would be much more valuable than being just smart!

garylogonewbrownsmallWhat, other than being smart, gives you pure joy?  What can you do to encourage more of it in your life?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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