We idolize geniuses. Many even consider academic success and intellectual prowess as the hallmark of personal achievement.
So people bust their ass to get into top schools. They land high-end jobs. They self-educate on the internet.
Nothing is inherently wrong with that. I love learning everything I can about a new subject and being well-read.
I’m specifically talking about the people who become so obsessed with this, they base their self-worth on their knowledge. Then they start to look down or make fun of people they believe are intellectually inferior.
You see it all the time…
Snobs on social media calling other people stupid. People judging women who like to have fun as “airheads” and guys who have party nights out as “douchebag meatheads”.
And nowadays you have educated people, both conservative and liberal, calling anyone who disagrees with them idiots.
But I almost exclusively work with brilliant people. And let me tell you — their intelligence often holds them back.
In fact, especially when it comes to human connections, the “simple minded” people often excel. Because they understand that relationships are an emotional experience. You can’t always logically figure people out like a math problem. People aren’t going to fall in love with you just for your brain.
So I want to stick up for the “simple” people and maybe convince you that you could learn a lot from them.
Because sometimes being really smart is actually really stupid.