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If you're the most intelligent person in the room, you're in the wrong room

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    Or you are just really intelligent. If you are a selflearner and intrinsically motivated, knowing no one being better than you doesn't actually hinder your further advancement at all.

    Same goes for speed. If you are fast, working with slowpokes just makes the work climate more chilled out for you...
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    @lambda123 as long as that doesnt stay true for too long xp
  • 0
    @lambda123 Then it depends on the maliciousness of the persons in the room. If they are good persons, you can learn a lot from them or get help from them as you need it. In the other case though, you should probably change the room...
  • 6
    This sounds like a cringe ass faux motivational picture on the gram.
  • 4
    Like this corny shit
  • 6
    Error: Semantic Reasoning Exception: Theory does not compute.
    By definition all groups end being empty or 1 person which is not a group.
    Raised by Oxymoron Exception:
    Each group has a most intelligent person by definition.
  • 1
    But you could be in the bathroom?
  • 2
    If everyone thought the same and left that room, there will only be rooms with 1 person sooner
  • 0
    Alright fs - later earth ✌️
  • 0
    unless your purpose in being there is to make others in tge room less dumb.
  • 0
    @Oktokolo "knowing noone better than you doesn't actually hinder your further advancement at all"

    my life disagrees. it actually does, and severely so.
  • 1
    but they have money.. in most cases at least. I usually call them clients or colleagues
  • 2
    Several problems with that advice. As others mentioned, if you can quantify intelligence then someone has to be the most intelligent in any room with at least 1 person, or there are 2 with exactly the same intelligence, but how likely is that?

    The other problem is, that intelligence is not really a quantity. If someone is extremely good at logical thinking but can't translate that to any language, is he/she more intelligent than the others who can speak without any problems but have difficulties with logical thinking?

    Next problem is that you can't really measure it. Even when you have an exact definition of intelligence that you could in theory quantify it, how do you measure it?

    And then there is the problem that intelligence keeps changing, you get older, your brain develops or shrinks, you may be affected by sleep, food, drugs, oxygen, your feelings, ...
  • 1
    If you think of intelligence as a single ordinal scale you are maybe not as intelligent as you think. @happygimp0 said why.
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    @Midnight-shcode You forgot to cite "If you are a selflearner and intrinsically motivated".

    If you aren't intrinsically motivated or not a selflearner, you might actually need someone better to compare to and/or someone better to get mentoring from.

    But there is at least a small chance, that there is some other thing you like to do where you actually are intrinsically motivated and a selflearner. So maybe, making that to your job would solve the "no one better available" problem - and ruin that other thing as hobby of course...
  • 0
    What if you teach 5 year olds?

    "Sorry officer, I read an inspirational quote that told me to leave these guys to it"
  • 0
    And, IMHO, believing yourself to be the smartest person in the room is less than 100% correlated with actually being the smartest person in the room...
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    @Stuxnet I hate those stupid ass shit quotes, everyone shares them and think they are deep and they are some intellectual.

    Unpopular opinion: Life is more than intelligence, but shallow being too shallow and arrogant to realize otherwise.

    Also the quote itself is pretty igorant on its own, assuming that you cant learn from at the same or bit lower level of intelligence than yourself.
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    @Oktokolo i am and always was a self-learner, and intrinsically motivated by pathological curiosity and need to understand basically anything and everything.

    it seems that it's a limited resource which, after a time (years, decades) runs out, if not replenished by being in presence of people who know more about stuff than I do.

    which is why I wrote the previous comment.
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    @Midnight-shcode Whatever it actually is (i tend to call it mana), if you don't let it regenerate by having times where the brain can regenerate it, it will eventually indeed run low. And then active conscious thinking might even hurt.

    So have regularly occuring pauses where you don't do brain work. Sociatally sortof accepted are no-work weekends combined with a few full weeks each year where you are not expected to be reachable by mail or phone and don't have to think about your work. Sleeping enough is obviously even more important and doing small pauses at work should also help a bit.
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