Intelligence is not only the ability to reason; it is also the ability to find relevant material in memory and to deploy attention when needed.Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
The most successful people are both rational and crazy.
As much as robots and artificial intelligence threaten our creativity, there will be some people who cultivate the randomness of thought to continue innovating.
Wrote Jean-Luc Godard: “It’s not where you take things from — it’s where you take them to.”
See the world, not its model
Folks may never know where they are going, but that is exactly how they get there.
“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”
Knowing where to look for answers is more important than memorizing a set of requirements or rules.
When in doubt, break the rules living by these rules:
1. Take initiative on my own first: do the legwork to find the answer. Be tenacious and know where to look.
2. Ask questions, know when to stop looking and ask for help. Not being afraid to be ignorant or wrong.
3. Share my ideas for the better solution.
4. Look to my teammates as a critical force—we learn together.
We often define “smart” at how good someone is at memorization, learning, and standardized tests.
But the real world requires alternative intelligence, and most importantly, meaning.
What motivates you? Is it the grades, money, the autonomy, the ease or challenge of the job?
Passion pushes intelligence to a level beyond knowing what everyone else knows. Passion spurs innovation, creativity, and deliberate deviation from the norm.
Why do what everyone else is doing when you can change the odds?
“Most men die at 25… we just don’t bury them until they are 70.” – Benjamin Franklin
Stay motivated and work on stuff that interests you. That’s intelligence.