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.

The Habits of Smart People
Source: Online-PhD-Programs.org

10 Things Unhappy People Have in Common

Image via Thinkstock


Dt Nc
Dt Nc3 years ago

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.

Kate S.
Kate S4 years ago


Siti R.
Siti R4 years ago

see..no wonder it does not affect the other political strata!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Jane H.
Jane H4 years ago

I'm not one of these!

Tania S.
Tania S4 years ago

Very interesting.

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn4 years ago


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

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

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago


heather g.
heather g4 years ago

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