3 Ways To Get Smarter For Extroverts
We all know the common tips on how to stimulate your brain and become smarter: read books, take courses, learn from key opinion leaders and successful people, do crosswords or play other “smart games”.
But these activities can get a bit lonely, especially if you are more of an extrovert. Thinking about this, I selected my three favorite tips on how to get smarter while interacting and – why not? – having fun with other people.
1. Talk to someone you find interesting
Think about that person you´ve also been fascinated about – not because of their looks, but because of their attitude, confidence or achievements in life.
If you just approach them and ask about their interests, chances that they will engage in conversation are actually pretty high. Smart and successful people tend to be more open to opportunities, so make sure you take advantage of that and don´t waste another chance to get to know a fascinating person better.
Even if this person is a complete stranger, don’t be afraid to approach them. The important thing to keep in mind is that you can learn the most from people you barely know and who are not part of your social circle.
2. Hang out with people who are smarter than you
Spend as much time as you can with smart people. Every day, you should strive to at least have a coffee or a walk with someone who you believe is smarter than you.
While doing this, ask as many questions as possible and be humble and willing to learn. If you are always around people who are more knowledgeable than you, you’ll have no choice but to learn more.
3. Share what you learn with other people
It´s a simple concept: if you find someone to debate your ideas with, you can add to each other’s knowledge and gain new perspectives.
This technique works also because teaching is the best way to check if you really understand what you are talking about. Only when you can explain your ideas to someone else in an easy way, then you can be sure that you really understood a topic.
A little bit of each
I believe nothing fully replaces the learning you get from a well written book from a top expert, but I am confident that these techniques can add a lot to your learnings and definitely make you feel less lonely while doing it!