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Instead, they lead with borderline honesty and directness.
Another thing that stands out with aggressively smart people is their directness and honesty.
Truly intelligent people value their time, and they value yours. That’s why you’ll seldom hear a smart person chit-chatting about their vacation for 30 minutes. They just don’t see the point.
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Whenever you hear someone dominate a conversation — beware, you’re most likely dealing with a pseudo-intellectual.
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Pseudo-smart people, on the other hand, will usually have a super-smart reason why they’re doing whatever it is what they’re doing. They’ll talk about markets, industries, news, latest research. They’ll try to convince you that the entire world is behind them on their decision. And then they’ll s...
Instead, they often act on an impulse.
Intelligent people will sometimes act childishly, but do not mistake their free-willed behavior with aimlessness.
Many of the people I’ve interviewed explain their actions via seemingly arbitrary reasons. They’ll say things “because I l...
Instead, they take immediate action. They’ll sign contracts on an impulse and cut them off just as brutally. If they find something interesting, they’ll turn 140% of their energy to that thing alone, and then leave it as soon as they realize it didn’t work.
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Instead, they listen more than they talk.
Another hallmark of highly intelligent people is that they’re rarely the centerpiece of the conversation. You’ll rarely hear them dominate over someone— unless they have a reason to.
Partly it’s because truly smart people realize how...
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