4 Ways To Not Be The Smartest In The Room

In college, there have been multiple occasions where I was the one leading out the study groups and teaching a group of classmates what I learned in class. And as I stood there teaching my peers from my class notes, I realized that I was the smartest in the room.

It didn't take long for me to figure out that I wasn't, but for that split second, I was full of dread.

Being the smartest in the room is never a good thing.

I have to acknowledge that being the smartest in the room has its advantages, you are constantly valued, needed, and sharing your knowledge.

However, the disadvantage is that you can't grow.

So back to the college situation, in those few seconds where I felt like I was the only one with answers, it felt limiting. I couldn't move and it's like everyone was taking, but no one was giving.

So, now the question transforms into, how do I become the most unintelligent in the room?

1. Get a new room

An uncomfortable movement (believe me, it is not easy) where you have to go find new people to sit with. This could be getting a degree or going to a seminar. Maybe that's going to a different gym or going to a different basketball court to meet new challenging players.

But as long as you get into a new environment, you are on the right track.

2. Network

You have to talk to people. Show them what you know so they can show you what you don't know (again another uncomfortable situation).

When you get into a new environment you have to shake hands, listen, and talk. You can't sit in the corner with a book and have a great time (I'm talking from experience here). But you have to get up and actually introduce yourself to someone, ask questions (this might include asking for help) and then listening to what they have to say.

This is personally the hardest part for me. I'm not one to socialize with a whole bunch of strangers, but whenever I do, I gain so much knowledge and connections. You'd be surprised by how much people can help you. So don't skip this part.

3. Hold yourself accountable

I'm a fan of challenges, it is a way I hold myself accountable and keep myself motivated. In order to be the most unintelligent in the room you are going to have to continue to challenge yourself to improve yourself.

Challenge yourself to go out to the gym 3 -4 times a week or to not eat pizza for 2 months. Challenge yourself to read a book for 15min before bed or to make one phone call for 20min before dinner. Challenge yourself to do little things that make you a better person. Challenge yourself to adopt the little healthy habits the individuals in your new room do. Challenge yourself, because if you don't, no one will.

4. Keep your connections

There will be a point in time where you'll learn a whole bunch. Thus, moving up the later of experience and intelligence. Then comes the fact where you've learned all you could from the individuals you've been in a room with for years.

You'll look around and see that you are now the smartest person in the room again and you will feel the itching to leave and join a new room.

I'm by no means suggesting burning bridges and never really having friends because you'll eventually leave (Please don't do this).

I'm saying, keep your connections, value the people who were your teachers and mentors. But don't be afraid to shift into another room and add to your tree of growing connections.

The more connections, the more teachers and mentors, the more you grow, the more you are never going to be the smartest person in the room.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it.

Love you muchly 🖤