How to be Smart?
Intelligence is a learned trained. The brain must be worked out daily, so that it is in optimum shape.
It is generally believed that people are born smart. That when you are born, it is already been decided whether you are going to be a smart person in life or not. What if that wasn’t the case? What if you could actually learn to be smart?
Intelligence is actually a learned trained. Even some of the smartest people in the world, whether they are CEOs or surgeons, indicate that they regularly read or study in order to keep on top of things. Like the body, the brain must be exercised regularly. You can’t not work out and be able to run a marathon. Similarly, you can’t not work out the brain, and expect to solve problems over night.
The brain needs exercise to be in top shape. These following activities can help work out the brain:
- Teach yourself. Do not wait for a school assignment or work project to teach you a skill or give you knowledge. If you are interested in something, you must learn it on your own.
- Read a book. Most of the smartest people in the world say that they read everyday. Whether you are interested in fiction, non-fiction or self-help books, read them. Read at least for an hour each day. Reading tends to open up the mind to new ideas and experiences.
- Improve your Vocabulary. Learn a new word everyday. Go through a dictionary, or an online dictionary, get one of those word-a-day calendars, etc. The main objective is that you learn at least one new word per day. However, also remember to practice using those words, everyday.
- Practice what you have learned. There is no point in learning something if you are not going to apply it, plus practice makes perfect. So, even though utilizing what you have learned in real life, may seem awkward, it is only with practice that you will develop the habit of utilizing it.
- Also understand that knowledge is not only in books. It is also around you. Learn from life experiences, of yours, as well as the people around you. Speak to your peers and your elders; you’ll be surprised how much they can share with you.
- Visit museums, art shows, historical sites, planetariums, etc. Experience and learn about culture. The world is a large and amazing thing.
- Try new cuisines from around the world. Learn about cultures around the world. Someone who knows about obscure dishes from a culture on the other side of the world appears to be an intelligent world traveler.
- Know about current events, interesting facts, funny and inspiring quotations, good books and movies, scientific studies and interesting inventions from around the world. Also learn to think critically about the world around you by being aware of cause and effect in events.
- Try to learn a new language. While learning a new language can be hard, there is nothing like it when you are able to say the same thing in more than one language.
- Work your mind. Try doing puzzles. Develop a new skill like writing. Do as much as you can without overdoing yourself.
- Try to continue learning new things always. Never be idle; because once you are idle, your mind starts becoming lazy. In fact, you may even forget what you had learned so far.