Being smart is great, but it doesn’t happen overnight. It happens when you are committed in doing certain things.
If you want to become smart you have to do things that will groom your intelligence and nourish your mind.
Here are some essential things you should do to look smart.
1. Have an open mind.
Don’t assume anything or subscribe unthinkingly to the conventional wisdom. Keep your eyes and mind wide open.
2. Absorb new information.
Cultivatethe habit of reading a book a day, and the wealth of knowledge you will accumulate every week would be priceless.
In addition to reading books you have to listen to motivational audios and records so as to feed and enrich your mind.
Every day, look online and in other media for topics, interests, or other sources that fall off your usual path. When you do, you can absorb wisdom you would never have seen. Try to read something that engages you every day.
3. Think of new ways to do old things.
To be innovative means making creativity more important than the fear of being wrong. Even in the things you do every day, you can be inventive and experimental.
4. Hang out with people who are smarter than you.
Smart people have interesting things to talk about. They know how to expand their mind and feed their brain, so spending time with them is good for you on multiple levels.
5. Apply your new knowledge.
There really is no point in learning something if it doesn’t make you smarter or inspire you to improve. The smartest people apply what they know not to become a person of success but rather to become a person of value
6. Share what you know.
Learning something new is important, but sharing that knowledge makes what you’ve learned actionable and meaningful.
7. Push yourself to become more productive.
Being busy and being productive are two different things. The future you want is created by what you do. Smart people make the most of today.
8. Come up with new ideas daily.
Carry a journal to jot down ideas when they come to you. Push yourself to be creative and to think in new ways.
9. Do something that scares you.
Facing your fears makes you braver, smarter, and better able to withstand what life throws at you. Your ability to face your fears boldly will show how smart you are.
10. Be mindful of what you are absorbing.
Everything you take part in is either uplifting or detrimental to your mind. We are surrounded with so much negativities. Therefore, you should be selective as regards to the kind of information you absorb into your mind.