How to be Smart in a World Full of Dumb People

Living a good life is pretty simple. Just don’t be a dumb ass.

Dumb People Want to Be Right, Smart People Want to Get it Right

“The need to be right is a sign of a vulgar mind.” — Albert Camus

Dumb People Always Have to Have an Answer, Smart People Know They Don’t Know Everything

“I know that I know nothing” Socrates (and if you send me a note about the accuracy of the quote attribution, you are missing the point of this post entirely)

Dumb People Play Status Games, Smart People Play Freedom Games

“Ignore people playing status games. They gain status by attacking people playing wealth creation games.” — Naval Ravikant

Dumb People Believe in Reality, Smart People Create Their Own Reality

“Your personal experiences make up maybe 0.00000001% of what’s happened in the world but maybe 80% of how you think the world works.” — Morgan Housel

My first instinct is to find another way to connect or engage with closed-off people or organizations.

I learned these skills from people like Jerry and others like him. No doesn’t always mean no. No can mean be more creative.

The word no is often a filter for people who give up easily. People often use the word no as a litmus test to see if you’re worth working with — it’s an easy filter to use.

When it comes to doing things others won’t do, it’s a matter of the way you see reality. You can see rules as set in stone or negotiable. Often, they’re negotiable.

You’re Not “Dumb” or “Smart” You Just Are

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