Key to Life: Don’t Be the Smartest Person in the Room
While it’s great for your confidence (and your ego!) to be the smartest person in the room, it also tends to stagnate your learning. Because when you’re the smartest person in the room, what more is there to learn there?
I think it’s important to continually learn along the journey of life, and in order to keep learning, you have to be okay with being the person who doesn’t know something. Be okay with not knowing. Admit that you don’t know and then purposely seek out spaces and communities that can teach you something new.
At some point, you might become the person that others look towards as a teacher, and that’s great! Be willing to teach others what you know, but also be willing to spend time in a different room – the one where you aren’t the smartest person, and in fact might be the person who has the most to learn.