How to spot intelligent people:
They ask you questions.
When you answer, they ask you more.
When you start using big words, they ask for clarification.
When they can’t understand anything you’re saying, they ask you to explain it to them as if they were a five-year-old.
When you say something intriguing, they write it down in their notebook or phone.
These people are not naturally more intelligent.
They’re better learners which makes them more intelligent.
They’re genuinely curious and ask questions from a humble standpoint.
I’ve met billionaires who’ve said, “explain it to me as if I were a five-year-old.”
This simple phrase has changed my life when it comes to learning.
It comes back to the famous Confucius quote:
“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”
As soon as you stop asking questions, you stop learning.
As soon as you stop writing down ideas, you forget them.
The hardest part of becoming intelligent is not lying yourself about what you know; it’s being humble enough to ask questions.
If you can do this, then people will see you as intelligent, too.