Intelligence is a virtue that is extremely rare nowadays. Mostly because our perception of intelligence is based on how much people know, or how much they scored on an IQ test.
I, on the other hand, believe that intelligence can’t be associated mainly with our mandatory formal education, and the ability to solve an equation. Intelligence is something that goes beyond any educational system. It is something you either have, or you don’t.
It can be measured in ways beyond our imagination. However, even though these creatures are very rare, there are still few lucky individuals among us who have managed to tap in various forms of intelligence and gained the ability to function at a very unique and advanced level.
Here are 8 rare and exceptional qualities that these human beings possess:
1. DIVERGENT THINKERS
These people are usually known to us for their firm beliefs and strong opinions. Their attitude is what makes them who they are. However, even though they like to stand their ground, an intelligent person will never choose to think inside the box.
They tend to keep an open mind. If they come across something that might question their beliefs, they’ll gladly look into it.
2. THEY ARE WELL-BALANCED AND PRACTICAL
Their main principle that governs their lives is “Quality over quantity”. Always.
So, if they are required to invest more time and energy to make something work, they’ll do it. They’re never hasty. Instead of rushing into things, intelligent people will deeply consider what they want to do before they actually do it.
3. NOT INTERESTED IN SMALL TALK
These brilliant geniuses are never the ones who would engage in a small, meaningless talk.
In fact, if they don’t have anything to bring to the table, or assist in any way, they won’t contribute to the group. They will never accept doing something in order to fill in the awkward silences.
Interaction, just like any other process should ignite creativity and productivity in a person. Anything other than that is just pointless.
4. HUMBLENESS IS ONE OF THEIR STRONGEST SUITS
A true and a genuine person with a strong moral integrity will always own up to the mistakes and wrongdoings. In fact, you will never grow or become wiser if you can’t accept your flaws.
What is humbleness if not being completely sincere and honest with yourself?
5. THEY DON’T NEED YOUR VALIDATION
A clever and an intelligent human being knows that the only thing that matters in life is doing exactly what you want.
They’ve been judged, they’ve been hated, but they were never discouraged from doing the things they enjoy. Intelligent beings are extremely independent people who would never allow anyone’s opinion cloud their judgments.
6. NEVER LET EMOTIONS OVERRULE THEIR RATIONAL MIND
When faced with their emotional and rational side, they will never let their emotions get in their way of logical reasoning. They wouldn’t allow their fear, sorrow, or attraction cloud their final judgment.
Intelligent people will always do everything in their power to stay calm and clear-headed, despite all the thunderstorms they have inside their hearts.
After all, we should all try to learn more for them. Staying relaxed no matter what, and not taking anything personally is the best thing you could master to live a peaceful life.
7. THEY FOLLOW THEIR INTUITION
It is the biggest cliché in the book, but it is true. Our inner voice is the first response our body gives in a situation. It is our natural defensive mechanism. A ‘fight-or-flight’ signal.
Intelligent people learned to use their guts as useful hints for a good life. As a sign that shows the way, but doesn’t require to turn off our rational minds.
8. ACTIONS ARE LOUDER THAN WORDS
These people won’t sit around waiting for the other shoe to drop. An intelligent and a wise person will never get paralyzed. They practice the true meaning of the saying “Actions are louder than words”. Because only actions get things done. And only actions show a great deal of integrity and responsibility.