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5 Good (And Bad) Habits Of Really Smart People

5 Good (And Bad) Habits Of Really Smart People

Our culture loves to idolize smart, successful people. Although I might argue that society’s real heroes can be found in classrooms and farm fields, we need these brilliant outliers to shake things up and show us what’s possible.

Incredibly smart, successful people make it look easy, developing revolutionary technologies or creating works of art that astound us for generations. What you don’t often see is the hard work and discipline that allowed them to achieve their dreams. You also don’t see the embarrassing stuff, the dirty little secrets that may only come out when their lives are reproduced in Hollywood.

Although there’s no one sure path to success, you can’t deny that most smart people have a few things in common. Good habits helped to keep them on the right path, despite personal setbacks or professional failures. On the flip side, some could have enjoyed much longer and productive lives if they’d had more control over bad habits.

Normally, I’d advise against trying to live like someone else, but emulating these key habits can do the same for all of us. Just make sure it’s the good habits you copy, and not the destructive ones.

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Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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6:35PM PDT on Oct 2, 2014

Interesting article. I receive my college education at a perennial top ten university and I have to agree most of the brighter students with real intelligence tend to exhibit the four bad habits. The grade grubbers and sycophants were another story.

9:28PM PST on Nov 7, 2013


11:03PM PST on Nov 3, 2013 wonder it does not affect the other political strata!

2:53AM PDT on Sep 26, 2013

Thank you :)

1:30PM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

I'm not one of these!

11:47AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Very interesting.

11:01PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013


10:06AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

being intelligent can be a curse... none of the stats surprised me

6:54AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013


11:22PM PDT on Sep 7, 2013

Thank you for that thought-provoking article....

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