My earliest view of Intelligence was narrow at best. I knew three versions of the word. Those that were, those that weren’t and those that were average. I am happy to say that none of these versions were deemed unacceptable in the eyes of my family and immediate circle. All were welcomed. As an adult, I stumbled on ways to expand my intelligence. In this post, I will discuss my approach to the end feeding off my intelligence. The most important realization I can share is that you crave intellectual growth. The value of knowledge will serve you throughout your life in ways you cannot imagine until the moment you need it.
I love curiosity. It’s this great treasure hunt and everything you find has value. I use curiosity to find new behaviors that may benefit me or something I know. Curiosity is one of the best techniques for those who struggle with social anxiety. Asking questions to learn about someone gives them something to talk about and you the ability to calmly listen without fear of saying the wrong thing or worse having nothing to say. The art of being interested will make you interesting. Develop a natural curiosity by trying new foods, taking different routes home from work, chatting with new people and asking questions.
Another wonderful way to add a different facet to the gem that is your mind, is to travel. Take trips and look for an off-the-beaten-path experience. Live like a local. Eat their food, wear their clothes and study their traditions. Travel as far as you can, as often as you can. Traveling to other places is life changing for a number of reasons. It gives you another view of the world. Travel can help you expand your circle of friends and create a network of travel buddies. It also gives you an idea of how your home is viewed by the outside world. Travel will make your intellect wealthier with every trip. Remember, the further from home you travel the more exotic you become.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Reading is boring and it makes me sleepy. So what happens when you’re watching a TV show and you don’t like it? What do you do? You stop watching… same logic here. I would argue that most people would enjoy reading if they had an author and subject that sparked their imagination. For me, it was science fiction which naturally yields an interest in science of today, which made me interested in the people behind the science. I then discovered a love of biographies and history. So, reading is essential to the growth of your mind and the use of your imagination. Start with books you find interesting and develop a curiosity for new and different experiences through books.