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The Things Smart People Never Do

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It’s easy to think that the cleverest among us can do everything for themselves. Some people seem to be good at everything, and from the outside, it might look as though they never need any help and that they are capable of tackling anything that the world throws at them. But, this couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Often, it’s the people that try to do everything for themselves that make the most mistakes. The smartest people are the ones that accept their shortcomings, that know when they need to ask for help, and that know what they shouldn’t do on their own. Here are some of the things that truly smart people, never do for themselves. 

Represent Themselves

At some point in your life, you might need legal assistance. You might need help from a conveyancer when you buy a house, or from a criminal law firm if you are in trouble. You may need help dealing with a family matter, or a civil case. In no situation should you try to deal with the law on your own. Even if you think you have a good grasp of the case, the law is filled with complexities, and it’s always worth getting help from a professional. 

Diagnose Themselves

We’ve all been guilty of typing our symptoms into Google when we feel unwell. It’s probably unfair to say that smart people don’t do this. They might. But, they know not to jump to the worst conclusion, and that set-diagnosis with the aid of Doctor Google is no substitute for a trip to their GP.

Spend More Than They Need To

You might look at people who are financially comfortable and assume that they can spend money whenever they want. But, the people that are the most financially secure never spend more than they need to. They budget, they are aware of their finances, they shop in sales, and they always live well within their means. 

Over-rely on Others

Getting help when you need it, and knowing when you need it, isn’t the same as over=relying on others. Smart people know that support is available, but they don’t rely on it in day to day life. They can manage everything that they have to do. They don’t need people to bail them out or lend them money or help them to achieve their daily to-do lists.

Nor do they rely on other people to make them happy. They love themselves, they do things every day that makes them happy, and they don’t keep negativity in their lives. 

Dwell on Mistakes

Dwelling on mistakes, or living in the past, is easy. We’re all guilty of thinking about things that we might have done differently or letting our regrets rule our lives. In doing so, we fail to live in the future. The smartest among us learn from our mistakes, and then we let them go. 

Stop Learning

You might think that the smartest people know it all, but they know that they don’t. They are always looking for new things to learn, ways to make their lives easier and to increase their knowledge. The most intelligent people are always the ones that never stop learning. 

 

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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