The ironic sign of intelligence.
People tend to believe that smart people do not commit mistakes. You may be thinking that people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and fellow genius did not make wrong decisions in their lives.
But the truth is genius people commit mistakes too. In fact, they commit more mistakes than ordinary people. Thomas Edison, for example, made more than ten thousand mistakes before he perfected the light bulb.
The common trait you can see among smart people is humility. Intelligent people are not afraid to make mistakes and accept failure.
Smart people are humble to accept their mistakes. They are very much aware that they could make wrong decisions. As a result, they are able to critically analyze the arguments or pieces of evidence at hand.
Professor Mark Leary, the leading author of the study explained:
“If you think about what’s been wrong in Washington for a long time, it’s a whole lot of people who are very intellectually arrogant about the positions they have, on both sides of the aisle.
But even in interpersonal relationships, the minor squabbles we have with our friends, lovers, and coworkers are often about relatively trivial things where we are convinced that our view of the world is correct and their view is wrong.”
It is surprising to know that smart people are not arrogant and stubborn. They instead listen and view things as equally as possible. Above all, they don’t pretend they can be right all the time.
Professor Leary believes that humility is a valuable characteristic:
“Not being afraid of being wrong – that’s a value, and I think it is a value we could promote.
I think if everyone was a bit more intellectually humble we’d all get along better, we’d be less frustrated with each other.”
Humility is a sign of intelligence that you may not often see among many people. It is a trait that draws a line between the smart and average ones.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.