I'm not the smartest guy in the room, how do I accept that?
March 13, 2013 10:27 PM Subscribe
How do I get over my obsession with intelligence, and embrace what I have now?
posted by pakoothefakoo to Society & Culture (77 answers total) 57 users marked this as a favorite
For some reason lately, I've been obsessed with intelligence. Particularly feeling jealous of people who have stratospheric intelligence — those who test in the 99th above percentiles. I'm talking about the Nathan Myhrvolds and Neil DeGrasse Tysons of the world; people who make amazing use of their intellect, while deriving absolute pleasure from their prodigious mental abilities.
I know that I'm above average, but nowhere near the gifted spectrum. My obsession has gotten to the point where I'm considering dubious nootropics. I know that IQ doesn't dictate successes, and there are plenty of drawbacks of having a high intelligence. For every success story, there are people like Robert Langdon and William Sidis.
However, I cannot help and fantasize what it's like to have an IQ of 140+ It must be very satisfying to know that you're the smartest guy in the room. I want that feeling!
However I'm nowhere near the big leagues. How do I come to terms with that, and embrace what I have now? To stop obsessing so much over this ridiculous insecurity of mine?