How to become smarter or smart? My Indian friends will not disagree that we often think foreigners are better than us? We appreciate their get-up, style of living, way of talking, their smartness and intelligence. We try to look for ways to become like them. But how many of us are aware that foreigners appreciate Indian culture and beauty? Every one of us is aware but we tend to overlook our own significance. This is because we think we are not smart enough! This article makes an effort to unveil the smartness in us.
To the layman being smart relates firstly to fashion and secondly to interacting with people. But in this article we relate smartness to intelligence. The Oxford English dictionary defines smartness as: to be good at learning, understanding and thinking in a logical way. Let us consider the three aspects of intelligence in a row.
Learning: This refers to gaining knowledge and skill. This can be done in two ways- from books and from real life experience. Books provide us with substantial knowledge and skill regarding any subject matter of our interest. However we cannot deny the fact that practice makes a man perfect. Learning from experience therefore is the best way of learning. A wiser decision would be to learn from others’ experience. This saves time, money and effort. For example, if you see a man fall into a pit you will definitely not follow him.
What follows learning? It is to understand what we have learnt.
Understand: This refers to knowing and realising how and why something happens. This plays a crucial part because different people perceive the same situation differently. Understanding a situation will assist us in our future endeavours and prevent us from committing the same mistakes a second time. It will help us to avoid an unfavourable situation or atleast direct us to act differently. But the question that arises here is: How to work on our potential to understand? This ability is acquired from our perception. Perception speaks about thinking in a particular way. A person will understand the things the way he allows his mind to work, in other words the way he thinks.
Thinking: This is the last and the most important of the three aspects of intelligence. There is a very common saying that “A man becomes what he thinks”. Therefore thinking act as an institution for learning and understanding. Everything is in the mind, in how we shape our mind. If we think logical we will act logical. Therefore to become smart and intelligent it is important to think logically, in other words think reasonable and sensible. Now the question is: What is the nutrition for logical thinking? The answer is as simple as ABC. Just ask questions! Our life is a learning process. We stop asking questions and our mind stops working. Have you ever wondered why a child asks so many questions? It is because he has a craze to learn. The more questions we ask, even the foolish ones act as food for the mind, which will consequently facilitate us to think, understand and learn logically.
Therefore to simplify our question we should rather ask “How to be good at learning, understanding and thinking logically?” Once we acquire these three aspects of intelligence we can become smart and intelligent. We just have to make-up our mind.