Everybody has the desire to be intelligent, or at least to be perceived as intelligent, and most of us take significant steps to try to become smarter people. Yet, there are some types of intelligence that can’t necessarily be taught. Emotional intelligence, or simply having a curious mind, are things that you’re born with. If you don’t possess these qualities, though, that doesn’t mean you aren’t smart.
In fact, you may not even realize how smart you actually are! As it turns out, there are several potential signs of intelligence that you may not even know about.
Here are 17 indicators that you may be smarter than you think, according to scientific research. While there are many factors that contribute to intelligence, people with the following traits may have a leg up on the competition!
17 SIGNS OF HIGHLY INTELLIGENT PEOPLE:
1. They have few friends
They might have lot of acquaintances, but they are careful to choose friends who are at their level of intelligence.
2. They hate small talk
They prefer deep and thoughtful conversations instead of talking about the weather, about how rich someone is or the latest trends.
3. They are good listeners and they talk less
They know they have more to learn in listening than in speaking. So they shut their mouth and open wide their eyes and ears.
4. They are curious
They google everything, ask any questions, search every subject. They can easily learn from anyone whether younger than them or not up to their standard, they don’t care.
5. They enjoy loneliness
They sit by themselves to practice their craft, to reflect about themselves, their values and their objectives rather than waste time with people who won’t add anything positives to their lives.
6. They invest on themselves
They know their mind is their most valuable tool. Thus, instead of chasing money, fame or whatever, they go on improving themselves.
7. They are long-term oriented
They don’t care about immediate pleasure for later gratification; they take hard decisions that would pay off in the long run.
They prefer to get the cake tomorrow than get a fish roll today.
8. They don’t mind people’s opinion
They have goals and a mission of life and stick to it no matter what people think. They doon’t go around looking for who to like them, rather they appreciate themselves.
9. They are risk takers
They know a fulfilling life is beyond their comfort zone. So they are willing to take necessary steps to fulfill their dreams.
10. They are not judgmental
Don’t judge people for whatever reasons. They don’t know what is going on in their life, so they would rather keep shut than talk about people when the need to talk arises.
11. They are humble
They know how skilled they are, they know they are learned, but they will be laymen in many other areas, so they are dead loyal knowing they are not the Boss in all areas.
They know millions of people are richer, so they don’t let their little change/money get into their head.
12. They work hard
They know talent is not enough. So they work every day to be the better version of themselves. They take nothing for granted.
13. They take care of their health
They know their health is their most important asset. They eat properly, exercise regularly, sleep well and relax.
14. They are lifelong learners
They know learning is a lifelong process that does not stop at school or college.
They travel the world, meet new people, learn new languages, and embrace novel experiences.
15. They have a sense of humor
They don’t take life too seriously. They laugh at themselves and make people around laugh.
16. They know people are important
They are intelligent enough to know they are not better than any body and believe no one is lesser to them.
17. They don’t take things too personal
They also don’t take lists like this serious, they don’t really brag and care less about the glory.