50 Things Smart People Tell Themselves Every Single Day

What can I do to become smarter? originally appeared on Quorathe knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Dhakshitha Peddisetty, medical student, on Quora:

Here are 50 tips to help you appear smart:

  1. Hold your tongue (figuratively, not literally).
  2. Keep a tight leash on your anger.
  3. Turn away from disputes as much as possible.
  4. Avoid misunderstandings.
  5. Talk with people, and not behind their backs.
  6. Never gossip.
  7. Delete Candy Crush and install Lumosity.
  8. Work your brain more than your body.
  9. The newspaper is not all about news. It is also a paper, so get creative.
  10. Think twice before you act, but not thrice.
  11. Have a career and a hobby.
  12. Don’t aim for the moon. Aim for what you think you want to achieve.
  13. Don’t just buy books, read them.
  14. Read your academic subjects, and not just Quora.
  15. Wearing glasses doesn’t mean you’re a geek. It means your eyesight is poor.
  16. Learn the tricks of conversation.
  17. Learn how to smile while crying.
  18. Learn how to earn your own money.
  19. Remember, no matter how strong your stomach is, alcohol is stronger.
  20. Make more acquaintances and fewer, but more meaningful friends.
  21. Don’t just listen, laugh along with people.
  22. You can buy a thing, not a person. There is no choice, and no competition. Know that.
  23. Realize society will always criticize you.
  24. Not everyone wants you to succeed, and you are on the top of that list. Get over it.
  25. Practical is not the same as smart.
  26. That doesn’t make being emotional smart.
  27. Logic isn’t right always.
  28. There is no right or wrong in reality.
  29. Ethics vary.
  30. There are no constant rules, and no constants.
  31. Life goes on without love.
  32. As a kid, you fall, break your hand, and cry. After growing up, you fall, break your heart, and cry. Your hand is perfectly fine, and your heart will be too.
  33. Give and take doesn’t work. Giving all the time, doesn’t either.
  34. Looks matter. Words matter. But personality matters more.
  35. Money buys everything, except eternal happiness and life.
  36. Compromise brings happiness.
  37. Sadness is compulsory.
  38. Tears don’t make you weak. It means, your lacrimal apparatus is functioning.
  39. Don’t trust everyone.
  40. Sometimes it is necessary to believe people blindly.
  41. Mold yourself into a person everyone can trust.
  42. Speaking the truth all the time is foolish. White lies are acceptable.
  43. People take advantage of you if you are always polite.
  44. Know who to help, and who not to.
  45. There is a limit to generosity and kindness.
  46. Being an adult doesn’t mean you can’t be a child anymore.
  47. Children aren’t innocent; adults aren’t at fault every time.
  48. Beware of your own expectations.
  49. The idea that you live once is wrong. You live every day.
  50. Realize that nobody can be smart all the time.

Skipping some of these points is also smart. Bonus points if you can fully decipher the deeper meaning in each point.

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