There are a lot of things that the masses try to strive for and one of the most common things is knowledge and intellect, essentially, they strive to be smart.
In fact, wanting to be smart could be considered as a survival instinct as, by becoming smart, we can make better decisions that will help us in critical situations.
So, one can say that being intelligent is something that has great value, and something with great value is always desired by the masses.
Being smart even helps in opening doors to new opportunities and will make life easier for you. No wonder we all tell each other to work smart rather than hard.
The best thing is that science proves that becoming smart is possible and that humans have the capability to grow cells and, therefore, become smart.
However, becoming smart is not something that can happen overnight. It is something that you can achieve by cultivating all the habits that will help in evolving your cognitive skills, critical thinking abilities, and more.
1. Question Everything You Hear
One of the most major obstacles between you and intelligence is the mentality that you know everything.
One must never accept something they hear blindly or even assume and subscribe to conventional wisdom without thinking.
So, you must develop the habit to question everything while keeping your mind open.
Remember, ignorance and the illusion of having knowledge is your worst enemy within the journey towards becoming smart.
2. Develop The Habit Of Reading
The most intelligent and full of wisdom people that have and still are walking on this Earth are also known to be avid book readers.
Not only will reading help in building up your vocabulary, but you will also be able to grasp concepts much faster and put two and two together at a much faster pace. Start by reading novels that revolve around your favorite genre and then expand onto more informational novels.
The most important thing to remember is that you must develop the habit of reading, which can’t happen by forcing yourself to read half a book every day.
Start small, that is, read a chapter a day and suddenly you’ll feel incomplete if you don’t read something throughout the day.
3. Surround Yourself With Smarter People
The term, you are who you surround yourself with, isn’t just an old-age phrase rather, it is a phrase that holds great wisdom.
In order to become smart, you must surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, this will push you to expand your own mind so that you may be able to hold more intellectual conversations.
So, you must develop the habit of seeking out people who are smarter than you in your surroundings, which includes your work, any service organization, and in social settings.
Make Time For Self-Reflecting
In order to not fall behind, one can start to overwork themselves and, therefore, become distracted from what matters.
So, every single day, it is important for you to pause your daily hectic routine and self-reflect on things that are important for you, things that you can do better, and more.
This will help you prioritize your life and learn something new about yourself, which will help in increasing your emotional intelligence.
All in all, there is no doubt that each one of us is more than capable enough to be smart. In fact, there is no such thing as a dumb person, they just haven’t unlocked their own potential.
On this journey towards becoming smart, it is important that you start small but at least start.