The Benefits of Surrounding Yourself with Smarter People

Ever heard the saying, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”? This notion has become popular in recent years as more people are actively seeking mentors, peers, and others who can help them grow and develop—surrounding yourself with people smarter than you are often seen as an important part of achieving personal growth. Here, we will discuss the many benefits of doing just that.

First and foremost, those who repeatedly put themselves in the presence of people who are smarter than them are likely to gain knowledge quickly and efficiently. This could involve learning about different topics, such as industry trends, or gaining exposure to different perspectives. Spending time around intelligent people can also improve problem-solving skills because they suggest creative solutions to complex problems.

Being around intelligent individuals will also likely challenge your thinking in ways that may have never crossed your mind. Such challenges can help build confidence and resilience when faced with a dilemma or situation requiring a quick review. Additionally, those who surround themselves with intelligent individuals may find it easier to stay motivated and remain focused on their goals due to the drive these individuals possess.

Finally, having intelligent friends or colleagues can open up a world of possibilities by providing opportunities that were not available. Connecting with like-minded individuals will present new ideas while avoiding potential pitfalls associated with pursuing goals without proper guidance or mentorship. It also makes it easier for someone to brainstorm ideas without worrying about judgment from those who might not understand their concept completely yet still provide constructive feedback or criticism for its improvement.

Numerous benefits are associated with surrounding yourself with people smarter than you are—from gaining knowledge quickly and improving problem-solving skills to finding motivation and unlocking new opportunities. The key is ensuring these relationships are built on mutual respect so both parties can benefit from each other’s intelligence.

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