Hard to be the smartest when you're an idiot

Published on May 8, 2019

The article "it's hard to be the smartest guy in the room when you're an idiot" made me rethink what I am learning from others.

The important part is the last three paragraphs. This article is about one guy who was brilliant and outstanding in a special corporate program but arrogant. Then one day, he experienced a life changing moment. Before then, he thought what he knew was important. However, 

he thought instead about what others knew that he could learn. No matter who it was, no matter what their position. He told me that someone who knows it all has nothing left to learn. And that if you're not learning in a company like GE you’re an idiot. 

People also might consider the others' position, title or other attributes to decide whether it worth listening to others. But I like this idea and what we can learn is totally up to us. It is about interpretation and finding a meaning. 

Related to this idea, when you care about whether you are smart or not, I think we are not focusing on what we could learn. Instead, we care about how others perceive you or compare you with the other, which is waste of our mental energy and time.