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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.
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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
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.
I always read in the morning when my brain is highly productive. That way I can retain more information than I would if I read any other time during the day. Also, when you fast and drink a cup of black coffee, you are even more focused and alert. Coffee + IF + Reading = Morning for high performers. #Success #Books #Reading #Dreams #Goals #Tailopez #Bookaday #Mindset #Greatness #NeverSettle #Motivation #Inspiration #Ambition #Vision #Achieve #WorkHard #Think #Believe #DareandConquer
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.
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.
Seriously, I have learned more reading 12 books – than I have learned in my entire life, let alone in college.
— Damian Pros (@dareandconquer) February 9, 2016
A couple days ago, I was asked which these 12 books were.
Here is a list for you.
- The Education Of A Bodybuilder by Arnold Schwarzenegger
- The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
- Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie
- How to Be Awesome by Brandon Carter
- The Science Of Getting Rich (Wallace D Wattles)
- How To Get Rich by Felix Dennis
- The Richest Man In Babylon
- Poor Charlie’s Almanack
- When I Stop Talking You Will Know I Am Dead by Jerry Weintraub
- 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.
An advice to live by: Go to bed a little wiser than when you woke up.
Listen to the billionaire Charlie Munger.
— Damian Pros (@dareandconquer) February 18, 2016
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.
Chess is a remarkable, powerful tool for anyone who wants to sharpen his mind.
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.
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!