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15Feb

2 Ways To Become Smarter Than 98% Of People You Know

Isn't it awesome when you are the smartest guy in the room?

When you know what you are talking about. When you know what you are doing.

When everyone is hanging on your lips, waiting to hear what you are going to say next.

Think about one moment in the past when this happened to you.

Let's say you were with your friends.

You are a master at picking up sexy girls and explained the rest of the team how you do it.

Or think of one day in school, when you have studied so much you knew anything your teacher could ask you.

It could be any moment, when you felt you knew what you were talking about.

When you were 100% sure that you are going to kick ass and take names.

What if you could do that all the time?

While it's impossible to be a jack of all trades and be a master at anything you do, it's possible to become smarter and better than 98% of the people you know - in those things that matter the most.

Your IQ has little to do with that.

Unless it's too low that a chimpanzee is inherently smarter than you are, then what I will suggest in this article is going to work wonders and completely change your life.

Why Some People "Appear" Smarter 

It's not always due to high IQ.

It's not always due to advanced college education.

It's mostly because some people choose to exercise their brain, while others let their brain cells die day after day.

Your mind is like your body.

The more effort you put into building it, the more obvious the result.

Do you think this V-shaped back is made of candies, pop-corn and watching my favorite TV series?

No, it's made of discipline, sweat and effort.

To build a great physique you need to exercise and feed your body with the right fuel to promote muscle growth.

Do you think that there is anything different with "building your brain"?

You can "build" your brain and become smarter.

Just like with your body, you need to work your mind and don't let it die in decay.

98% Of People Never Exercise Their Brain

As a result, their brain becomes weaker and weaker as the years pass.

When you do that, you don't only risk to be affected by brain diseases like Alzheimer.

You also deprive yourself of the opportunity to accomplish big things in life.

Because, if you want to accomplish big things, you have to be a big thinker. But you can't be a big thinker if you don't think!

The harsh truth is that most people don't even think. They are so "above" to put themselves in a constant learning curve.

It's time to start putting your brain into working mode.

Here are the two simplest ways to become smarter than most of the people you know.

Do these two things every single day and I guarantee that you will start seeing the world as a different place.

1. Read One Book EVERY Day

Knowledge!

Haven't you seen the Tai Lopez video with the Lamborghini?

Well, as Tai says, investing your money and time in books is one of the best ways to spend your money.

Tai claims he reads a book a day.

I recommend you read a book every day.

I don't think it's possible to read an entire book in one day. As it seems, even he doesn't do that.

What Tai does and I do as well, is that we read a book every day.

Tai can simply skim a 300-page book in a day (hence why he "reads a book a day") whilst I prefer to read a book from the beginning to the end.

Why Should You Read A Book Every Day?

There are several reasons.

First of all, you instantly download the knowledge, mindset and insight of people more successful than you.

You instantly learn how to think like a winner.

Your mind opens to new ideas, opportunities and you see the world from a different perspective.

Isaac Newton said that what he accomplished was because of the knowledge he accumulated from other great thinkers and scientists before him.

In his words "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."

That's what you should do.

Stand upon the shoulders of giants.

Read their books. Download their knowledge. Take it in your own life and act upon what you learn.

You will pretty soon see your life changing radically.

A couple days ago, I was asked which these 12 books were.

Here is a list for you.

  1. The Education Of A Bodybuilder by Arnold Schwarzenegger
  2. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
  3. Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  4. How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie 
  5. How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie
  6. How to Be Awesome by Brandon Carter
  7. The Science Of Getting Rich (Wallace D Wattles)
  8. How To Get Rich by Felix Dennis 
  9. The Richest Man In Babylon
  10. Poor Charlie's Almanack
  11. When I Stop Talking You Will Know I Am Dead by Jerry Weintraub
  12. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

I have read more than these, but this list is a great one to get started.

It covers a broad aspect of subjects from business and finance to motivation, mindset, personal development and interpersonal relationships.

When you read just these 12 books, you set a solid base for success.

Note: You could probably find a couple more in D&C's Recommendations page. I constantly add resources there, whether that's books, tools or even movies.

Become smarter. Start reading. So simple. So easy.

Anyone could do it, yet so few people actually do it.

It needs discipline.

It needs a force of will to avoid the instant pleasure and focus on the long term impact of knowledge.

2. Play 10+ Minutes Of Chess Every Day

I bet that's a tip you are not used to hear, right?

After all, chess is a boring game that's suitable only for geeks and nerds.

Well...NO!

Chess is a remarkable, powerful tool for anyone who wants to sharpen his mind.

Why?

Because you learn to strategize and to plan ahead of the road.

You learn how to think of ways out of your problems. You learn how to win whether things are hard or easy.

Chess is so much like life.

It's just a game.

But if you learn to play the game of chess, you will become a much better player at the game of life.

I guess that now is the moment when you say:

"But Damian, chess is a game for two. How can I play chess without company?"

Don't worry my little excuse-maker, I got your back and here is the solution.

Register at Chess.com. You can make a free account in seconds.

There are thousands of people online every moment. You can play live with others from every edge of the world.

It even has tutorials so you can learn how to play better.

What's your excuse now?

Conclusion (It's time to become smarter!)

There are many winning habits you could implement, but these two belong among the best ones.

Why?

They cost close to nothing, they don't require a huge amount of time and can be done anywhere, anytime.

I like to read a book for 1 hour to 2 hours every day.

Then I play chess for 10-30 minutes.

And that's it.

With a minimum of 1 hour and 10 minutes a day, you could become smarter than 98% of the people you know.

If you are not even willing to invest this time in your personal development, I guess you also have the alternative of watching TV, playing video games, masturbating to internet porn or whatever.

The best choice is obvious, but if you are unsure, let me tell you where each choice will lead you.

  • The first alternative leads to success and financial prosperity.
  • The second alternative leads to living an unhappy life, slaving away at a job you don't like, being rejected over and over by girls and not having money to pay the bills...

As I said, the best choice is as obvious as an elephant standing 5 feet away from you.

Well, you can always ignore the elephant.

But I am not sure if the elephant will ignore you.

And he might accidentally fall on you and crush you.

Don't ignore the fucking elephant!

PS: Have you implemented these 2 habits in your life? If yes, what were the results?

Let me know in the comments and then SHARE this post with your friends on social media to help them become smarter!

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COMMENT (26)
lupebogi / February 15, 2016

Great find. Why some people “appear” to be smarter? Well, I “appeared” to be smarter from elementary up to high school. I had this same idea in my mind the other day, when I came to the realization of why was that possible for me then and not so often nowadays.
I realized that it didn’t come from the blue yonder. I worked for it. Subconsciously. I was hungry for knowledge. While the rest of the kids were playing in the sand I used to read various encyclopedia although it was written in a foreign language similar to my native. By the time I got to school I already learned so much stuff, I had no need to even study home.
But things changed in high school. I started to go with the flow. Wasn’t seeking for knowledge anymore, until now.

My advice to you all, is never be hungry for knowledge. And follow Damien’s advice. Read ONE book EVERY day. Honestly, I could care less if I finish a book these days. My focus is to read, read, read. Eventually, with time, I will re-program my subconscious with various information that I deem useful. Remember the proverb: “You can put something in someone’s head, but what he has in it you can never take.” And that’s knowledge.

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Damian Pros / February 15, 2016

Great comment!

Most of us have fallen into the same trap. Me too. The education system makes you hate reading and learning. You are so fed up with stuff to learn for school that you don’t want to open a book when that’s over.

Anyway, as you said: exercise the damned brain!

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Taavi / February 15, 2016

Great list, Damian! Turns out I have read seven of them.

I was wondering, have you read “The One Thing” by Gary Keller?
For me, it was the best book on productivity and mindset I have read in a long time (perhaps ever). A fairly short read too.

Also, have you checked out “The 10x Rule” by Grant Cardone? This one made me believe that becoming successful is a moral obligation.

By the way, I’m going through a little book about Fiverr at the moment. I’ll let you see how it goes, in the future 😉

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Damian Pros / February 15, 2016

I haven’t read The One Thing. That was the second time it was recommended to me so I suppose I will put it higher in my waiting queue (Of almost 50 books or so. I really struggle each time I have to pick the next one).

Be sure to hit me up if you have any questions about Fiverr. I want more of you to kick ass there. By the way, Fiverr article coming out on the 17th of February – don’t miss it.

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Said Hasan / February 18, 2016

Mabe this is the book I need. Thanks for recommending.

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Damian Pros / February 18, 2016

Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker could also be a good choice.

And of course, Unleashing You by Damian Pros.

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Brian / February 16, 2016

I read pretty close to a book a day and I have been for years. But I can pull it off because I learned to speed read back in college. A side benefit is that it paradoxically increases your comprehension. If you can take spes reading course I highly recommend it.

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Damian Pros / February 16, 2016

Brian, it’s awesome that you are able to do that.

But what about retaining all that information?

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Brian / February 21, 2016

When you take in more more words at a time per eye movent it actually increases your comprehension and retention. Much like how a movie makes more sense watching at 30 frames per second vs 1 frame per second.

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Damian Pros / February 22, 2016

Do you recommend any speed reading course?

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Brian / February 22, 2016

Actually I think I found an article that might be more helpful. It goes into the 3 main methods of speed reading and when it’s best to use them and when not to. http://lifehacker.com/the-truth-about-speed-reading-1542508398. I use a combination of all three methods but I noticed now that I think about it, that I do slow down my reading speed when I come across sections that are important and I want to get to get the most out of them.

Said Hasan / February 18, 2016

Last week I bought Thinking Fast and Slow. But I only read the introduction.
Distractions and useless things takes my time.
I declared some of my goals on the internet(websites like yours and social media) but I failed to follow through my goals.
Perhaps according to psyblog shutting up and focusing on getting better is the right way. And also focusing on one or two goals like the above ones you suggest are easy ways to achieve goals and become smarter.
In responce to my comment on one of your posts, I remember you told me “You will become a Monster if you achieve all these goals.”
I wish I had focused on one goal for 30 days like you advised.

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Damian Pros / February 18, 2016

It’s never too late. Start focusing on one goal now. When you do that every month consistently, it will add up.

I have never heard of Thinking Fast And Slow and just found out it has 2000+ reviews on Amazon. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Shaun / February 18, 2016

Great post Damian!

I’ve read 4 of your recommended books and they are brilliant. By the way I recommend using OneNote to take screen clippings while reading (if youre reading an ebook anyway). After I have read 10-20 books I go over my screen clippings and make notes. Its the most effective way of learning from books IMO.

Be careful about chess: it becomes ridiculously addictive. I have wasted wayy too many hours of my life on that game. Do some maths instead. Its far less addictive and in fact better for exercising the brain.

P.S. My fiverr gigs are picking up really well. Enough to make rent in a month.Not much much but you start somewhere right?

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Damian Pros / February 18, 2016

Great tip about the screen clippings. Perfect if you read from your PC, phone or tablet.

I read on my Kindle though, so it’s not possible for me. I keep classic handwritten notes instead or use EverNote to put the key takeaways in my phone.

As for Fiverr, that’s progress. That’s all that matters. Keep it up mate!

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Alex / February 19, 2016

Sometimes it’s annoying: I seem to be the only one who has interesting thinks to say. I’m addicted to reading, but I never realized it. My Mother used to say, that sometimes I was reading three science books at the same time. Besides reading I play the guitar and piano for about two hours a day, that’s a good exercise, too (and you can impress ’em girls with it :D).

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Damian Pros / February 19, 2016

Hahaha, indeed!

My man.

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Evan / February 21, 2016

What up D!

Awesome book list; thanks for the tips. It is a lot like my favorite book list and I have many that are similar!

I also like to read front to back, so I find it difficult to just skim through books. Either way I down at least 4 full books a month minimum, and squeeze audiobooks in between them.

Keep it up killer

– Evan

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Damian Pros / February 22, 2016

Evan,

4 books a month is perfectly fine. Listening to audio books on top of that? Even better!

Do you take any notes after reading?

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Darko / February 21, 2016

Great list Damian, I’ve read half of these books and they’re all life changes.
About learning and playing chess for busy people I recommend the Shredder app at http://www.shredderchess.com/ . It has small chess puzzles of the day, that are quick to do and will keep your mind fresh.
To the book list I would also add Choose Yourself by James Altucher, especially the chapter about becoming an Idea Machine.

Again thanks for the great post and keep up the good work.
Cheers

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Damian Pros / February 22, 2016

Darko,

Thank you for both suggestions!

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Loon / February 22, 2016

Great post Damian. I have been doing the IF+Coffee+Reading routine for months now and it has made a significant impact on my life. I would add that I do combine that with Victor Prides 3 C routine. So I do Cardio-Coldshower-coffee-reading in that order. It sets the tone for the day and has made it MUCH MUCH easier for me to eliminate negative habits. Discipline is everything.

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Damian Pros / February 22, 2016

Indeed, Loon – what you do is an awesome way to start your day!

One thing you might need to know though, is that it’s probably better to drink your cup of coffee 1-3 hours after you wake up. When you wake up your cortisol is already high and you are alert.

That’s at least what Mikael Syding has told me:

IF you drink coffee right after waking, it has less effect and can cause higher caffeine adaptation which will make you a coffee junkie (or maintain it).

Instead, do work, clean the house, get to the office, do everything that’s urgent, things on your list you made before going to bed etc.

Then 1-2 hours after waking, you might feel a dip in energy and creativity, so get your coffee. Enjoy it, savor it.

There is also an article talking about it => http://neurosciencedc.blogspot.gr/2013/10/the-best-time-for-your-coffee.html

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Jack Coulson / February 26, 2016

Damian, this was fantastic. Are you on Chess.com? Fancy a game sometime?

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Damian Pros / February 26, 2016

Thanks Jack.

Yes, I am. Hit me up on Twitter when you are in for a game.

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kyzoo / September 28, 2016

Hmm personally speaking everyone around me works their brain off all the time learning their profession. It’s just that I don’t find many people who try to learn outside of their profession. Sure, many of my peers are walking medicine encyclopaedias (medical student here), but they’re ignorant about how the world operates outside of medicine.

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