A lot of people say to me: “Ivaylo! You are so smart. Your newsletter is full of insights. The books you summarize are so elegantly presented with so much attention and care. Your parents must be proud!”
But there is one quality that helps me fight through my natural stupidity – my unfair advantage sort to say – I’m curious.
While I do think that there are folks who are naturally smart. I do believe that they keep being smart because they are also curious.
Smart people become even smarter because they are smart enough to understand that they don’t have all the answers. That knowledge fades. That you need to continuously invest (time and money) in learning new things even when you go out of college. That there are stuff we know. Stuff we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns – stuff we don’t know we don’t know.
That’s why smart people become smarter. They know that being smart is not a permanent state. It’s a continuous process. That’s why they keep learning. Doing. Failing and then trying again.