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    There's such a thing as being too smart for your own good. It's like being smart enough to be on a different level from everyone else, but not smart enough to realize when you've screwed yourself over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haven View Post
    There's such a thing as being too smart for your own good. It's like being smart enough to be on a different level from everyone else, but not smart enough to realize when you've screwed yourself over.
    I have to agree with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubber View Post
    I have to agree with this.
    lol, i do too

    i also don't think being "smart" helps beyond a certain level. there are a lot of other characteristics that will help you out more, at least where i live.

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    I think the ideal is to be above average in intelligence but not too far above average. If you're too far above average, it's harder to communicate with the average folk and have them understand you without talking down to them. Also, it may actually be harder to get a job if you're too far above the norm. Sometimes bosses are afraid or uncomfortable to hire people smarter than themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post

    follow up question: why is the world like this? wouldn't it be better to ignore the people and do your job?
    Because most people are social creatures. In my 15yrs in offices I spent 7hrs a day socialising and 1hr performing the so-called tasks of my job. Your job isnt the email checking, report writing bit, its the keeping everyone else in the office happy bit. Now that I work a logisitics job, 8:30mins is socialising and only 30mins is performing the tasks of my job. No matter where you go, you cant get past the fact that its all about the social aspect. Wherever people gather in groups they will rally against the one who doesn't fit into their happy little existence. Its just what is.

    I am always promoted in whatever environment I'm in, because I keep the people happy and I focus on the job. Got no time for politicking, backstabbing and gossip. Just got time for smiling, acknowledging and quietly going about my business. Competence is good, non-threatening competence is even better.

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    Smart people can investigate, work through, and change the world so that their smarts don't explicitly hurt them. Lots of 'survival' skills--especially social skills such as communication and negotiation--can be learned. Who learns better than smart people?

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    Yes. I'd compare it with having very large boobs: when you have very large boobs, sometimes people just treat you as a huge walking pair of boobs and nothing else. You could say the same thing about being smart: when you have very large brains, sometimes people just treat you as a huge walking set of brains. At least when I was a kid. Other kids who had a regular intelligence were encouraged to follow their hearts and pursue all their dreams, while I was being pushed to fill my time with 'brainy' things once they found out I was clever. It's not nice to be objectified and treated as just some brains, I'd prefer people to just think that I'm fun and good-looking.
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