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6 Things That Most People Don't Do To Become Smarter

Most of us take pride in dressing up and presenting ourselves well everyday. But, what can we do on a daily basis to build up the brains to match beauty/brawns?

I was having lunch with a friend who recently sold his e-Commerce startup to a conglomerate in the Philippines. While he holds the position of Chief Technology Officer at that company, he is simultaneously the director of a web development firm and an adjunct lecturer at the Institute of Sytems Science, National University of Singapore.

He accomplished all these before reaching age 33.

While in a friendly debate on productivity, he shared a very interesting definition of intelligence with me.

Intelligence is the ability to comprehend, understand, and profit from experience.

Personally, I believed that intelligence referred to one's capacity for learning and adapting to the environment. I then learned that "to profit from experience" refers to abstracting benefits from the circumstances of any situation you're in. It doesn't necessarily have to be monetary gain; it could be the acquisition of valuable information, knowledge, or skill.

Naturally, I asked for his insights on raising one's intelligence level and I've gather 6 things that anyone can start doing right now.

1. Increase the diversity of your mental input

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2. Increase the diversity of your erspectives on things

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3. Increase the diversity of your output

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4. Improve your physical support systems

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5. Remove/Reduce factors in your environment that limit mental prowth

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6. Increase factors in your environment that support items 1 to 4

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