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5 Habits of Smart People


#1 Smart people are avid readers.
Or in other words:  For those who want to lead – READ! A study conducted in Stanford University, proves that reading is the workout the brain needs in order to stay in its optimal health.  In a blog article “20 Reasons to Become an Avid Reader” is for example listed:

  • It boosts imagination and creativity
  • Enhanced intelligence
  • Improves empathy
  • Self-improvement
  • Better thinking skills


The Habits of Smart People


#2 Smart People Have Dedication
Jenna Goudreau wrote in a Forbes article: “One thing successful people know: Dedication and blind persistence are two different things. You can work hard but not smart. When something’s not working, you’ve got to tweak it. Successful people maintain success by consistently learning and adapting to the environment around them.” 

#3 Smart People Set Goals
There are hundreds of research studies going back decades showing that setting goals can increase people’s performance. How to avoid the four common mistakes in goal setting is well explained in this PSY blog.  Now, who accomplished the most goals: 64% who had written down their goals and 76% of those who shared their goals with friends! 

#4 Smart People Are Self-Aware
Author Scott Berkun wrote: “There are many methods that can help an interested person in learning more about themselves:

  • Meditation
  • Keeping a journal (and reading it periodically)
  • Trying new experiences that challenge you, such as traveling alone
  • Asking close friends ‘What am I not aware of about myself?

When we focus our attention on ourselves, we evaluate and compare our current behavior to our internal standards and values. We become self-conscious as objective evaluators of ourselves. 

#5 Being Self-Disciplined
“It’s easy to think of the highly self-disciplined as being miserable misers or uptight Puritans, but it turns out that exerting self-control can make you happier not only in the long run, but also in the moment” writes Neuroscience journalist Maia Szalavitz in a TIME magazine article

Furthermore: “Through a series of tests — including one that assessed 414 middle-aged participants on self-control and asked them about their life satisfaction both currently and in the past — and another that randomly queried volunteers on their smartphones about their mood and any desires they might be experiencing, the researchers found a strong connection between higher levels of self-control and life-satisfaction.”

If you’re looking to improve your success at home, work, school or at your writing you can start by working the positive habits of smart people into your daily routine. 




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