Nothing wrong with being the smartest person in the room

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The embedded image says, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room”. Let’s play this out literally in a scenario in which I find out that I am the smartest person in a room. We shall also assume that everyone in the room subscribes to this saying in a literal manner. So, here I am in the wrong room and so must leave to find another room where I am not the smartest person.

With my exit, suddenly, Abubakar becomes the smartest person in the room, and so leaves too for the same reason that I left.

And now, it is Ngozi who is the smartest person in the room. She is now in the wrong room too, and so leaves.

Only for Spencer to discover, to his dismay, that he is now the smartest person in the room…..

Do you follow the sequence? LOL. Very soon, that room will be empty. And every other room that we each exit to will end up empty too. And the cycle will play out again and again. But then, you are smart enough to know that the saying is not to be taken literally; aren’t you?

There is no crime in literally being the smartest person in the room. You cannot be apologetic about being more brilliant than the people around you, if you really are. Don’t be afraid to share your knowledge and to take the stage. Just don’t be a show-off. Nobody likes show-offs. There are times that it is okay to keep quiet and let others take the shine.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

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  1. My interpretation of “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room” is…

    .. Always try and surrounding yourself with people you can learn from. It’s a chicken and egg problem, of course, and it’s a selfish way of doing things. But then, it’s a win-lose world, mostly.

    If knowledge flows from you to others unidirectionally, you are surely doing yourself a disfavor.

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