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7 Assumptions Smart People Never Make

7 Assumptions Smart People Never Make
Being smart is about more than having a big IQ. It has to do with creative thinking, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, and street smarts, among others. But beyond having the right mental tools, what's also important - and this is true of successful people in almost any profession - is avoiding the kinds of "thought baggage" that can often hold us back.


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Believing That Being Wrong Is a Failure

Believing That Being Wrong Is a Failure

The best way to know what works and what doesn’t, is to fail a few times.

Smart people don’t fear being wrong because they know that being wrong is ultimately an instrument that pushes them closer to being right. 




Thinking That Everything Is About You

Many of us obsess over “rejections” and ruminate on what we could have done differently. It’s more productive to realize that every disappointment or poor interaction is not actually about us. 

Successful people realize that every little thing – bad or good – is not a reflection of them or their self-worth.



Being E-Ready Every Minute of the Day

Smart people know that having a fulfilling life means having a life outside of work. And they make time for it. Obsessively checking work email at the dinner table is a good recipe for disaster. 

Set some time where your phone is off, and your attention is on the people right in front of you.



Believing Therapy Is A Waste of Time

The fallout of not getting to the bottom of your stuff can affect not only your personal life but your professional life as well. 

Not only do successful people not fear therapy, but they also embrace it.



Thinking It's OK to Skip the Gym

Smart, well-rounded people do physical activities during their downtime – swimming, skiing, rock-climbing, tangoing – and they build them into their schedules. 

That makes exercise something to look forward to, not to dread.




If you don’t take time to de-stress your brain, something’s going to snap, mentally or physically. Successful people internalize that reality and build time for de-stressing into their lives. 

Mediate, run, walk, do yoga, swim, write, knit, dance, take a long drive. Whatever it is that allows your brain to relax and reboot, make sure you do it at least once a day.



Believing You're Smarter

Smart people never assume they are the smartest people in the room.  That sort of assumption is really just contempt in disguise, and it leads to undervaluing and underestimating the others.

Smart people assume that they can learn something from anyone, and they provide others with opportunities to ‘tell their stories.’




Types of lies

Types of lies
  • White Lies. People tell white lies claiming to be tactful or polite.
  • Broken Promises. Failure to keep one’s spoken commitment or promise.
  • The Lie of ...

10-minute night routine

  • Decide the time you’re going to wake up and set the alarm for that time (put your alarm clock in a different room so you physically have to get out of bed to turn it off).
  • Ha...

Design trumps willpower

Your behavior defaults to what is most convenient.

For example, if there is junk food in your fridge, you’re probably going to eat it. However, if there is junk food sitting right on top of your kitchen counter or table ,  your chances of eating it skyrocket.

The Competency Trap

The Competency Trap

Many people fall into the competency trap, which is the assumption that their established principles and mental models, that have served them all these years, will be sufficient in...

When Core Competencies Become Core Rigidities

  • When we overcommit to our core competencies they become our only reality.
  • We start to see the business world outside with the same internal view that has been harnessed for so many years when we strengthened and relied on the same skills.
  • We strive hard to attain mastery in our core skills, but forget to incorporate other skills, habits and mental models that are required for us to thrive in the future.

The Importance Of Disrupting Yourself

  • One must continuously learn new alternatives, skills and approaches to work and nurture one’s innovative spirit, becoming a competitor to oneself.
  • One has to look for gaps, areas of improvement and new market realities.
  • One must invest time, money, energy and attention towards new methods, techniques and tools that help us innovate, reinvent and upgrade ourselves.
  • One can take time to analyze one’s life and career, reviewing and reflecting on the strategies that are incorporated to improve oneself.