What makes intelligent people intelligent?

  • Intelligent people see what could be, common sense people see what is
  • Intelligent people think abstractly, common sense people think practically
  • Intelligent people think unilaterally, connecting multiple fields of study. Common sense people focus on a niche and add to the same topic
  • Intelligent people focus on statistics, common sense people focus on the experience
  • Intelligent people push limits, common sense people take advantage of what already is established
  • Intelligent people think inside-out, common sense people think outside-in
  • Intelligent people blend things, common sense people keep things in their separate boxes
  • Intelligent people take risks, common sense people prefer the security
  • Intelligent people see second and third-order effects, common sense people a continuation of the same effect
  • Intelligent people connect unlike things, common sense people connect like things

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