Being Smart vs Being Interesting


Smart is good. I’ve always thought that one of the most flattering compliments someone could receive is to be referred to as “bright”, as I feel that word encapsulates much more than just one’s mental aptitude. The ability to learn and have a wealth of knowledge in that thing we call a brain is something to be admired.

The expression “the smartest guy in the room”, depending on how it’s used, can be a term of endearment or a flat out insult. But you can’t deny someone’s brain if it’s functioning at a level superior to your own. I know a few people (my dad being one of them) who I look at and think Wow, your mind is on a totally other level than most.

That being said, I find that most couldn’t really care less about how smart someone is anymore. And I don’t mean those simply making small talks at parties or cocktail hour. Most organizations are hiring based on personality much more than someone’s actual IQ (unless you’re trying to get inside NASA or other  similar institutions, then an exceptional IQ is required). Nowadays, in order to be successful, we all need to understand the shift that’s occurring under our feet.

No one cares about how smart you are. People care about how interesting you are.

 At 36, I’ve seen and experienced my fair share of things. But I want MOREI want to DOAnd I have the utmost respect for those people who are doers, because doers are the most interesting people on the planet. I would much rather someone walk away from having a conversation with me and think, “Wow, that guy is pretty damn interesting,” than, “Man that guy knows a lot of information (read as: useless c**p) that I could just as easily have looked up on my iPhone.”

Old stereotypes are shifting with the technological revolution that we’re living in. We’re connected to a device that can tell us anything we might want or need to know. Being intelligent used to be the main factor, the one thing that makes the difference, it simply isn’t anymore.

With that, I challenge us to make the shift from trying to learn and know about all the stuff in the world to actually living it. 

Be someone that you yourself would find interesting.

Travel the world and meet every type of person it has to offer.

Experience LIFE in a way that most people don’t and will never.

Run down the path that has never been taken.

Try different hobbies.

Try to be a musician, a dancer, a poet.

Do that one thing you’ve been aching to do just for the sake of doing it.

Live LIFE to the fullest reaches of our known existence.

I want to try all of those things. I want to LIVE Life. Because I know for sure, that in the end, I won’t regret it.

How about you? What would you prefer?

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30 thoughts on “Being Smart vs Being Interesting

  1. Thank you for the reminder Andrei to “be the kind of person you’d find interesting”. Good thought to begin everyday with. Every post of yours is so apt. You pen down what we sub-consciously know. Reading it in black and white reaffirms the thought. Thanks.

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  2. Absolutely, Andrei. I totally and completely agree. I had the opportunity to give a session to inspire a few classes from one of the schools in India. And this was the topic I chose. In an ever competing world which is moving at the speed of bits and bytes, I thought it is important to target the younger generation.
    An enlightening piece, Andrie.

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  3. What a great post! I do agree that someone being interesting is much more important than being smart, but I also believe that really smart people are the ones who know how to share things in an intelligent and interesting way.
    (I can’t help, I just really like listening to people who know how to make good arguments)

    But I prefer much more to live it than to just learn about it
    If you don’t mind me asking, which are your latest efforts in this path of living to the fullest?

    Thanks for this inspiring post!

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    1. Hi Bia!

      You’re right, there are some people who are equally blessed with both IQ and EQ and I can only hope that I am one of them, haha.

      Regarding your query, living to the fullest to me is truly simple: First, is to decide what’s really important for me. By that way, I can truly experience what some call the “living in the moment” experience.

      These past several weeks now, I took a “sabbatical” on social media (with the exemption of WP) in order to connect with the “things” that matter to me – family, friends, my inner self, nature, Life and the world around me. And I’m grateful enough how things have turned out for me. While Life still remained the same (it still suck) but my perspective and disposition about it made all the difference!

      Secondly, is to take risks (a lot of them). Because I believe that Life is truly on the other side of our comfort zones. I’ve tried new things, experienced unplanned, spontaneous travels, talking with other interesting people outside my circle of friends, even challenged my self to face my fears.

      Thirdly, as I’ve already mentioned, to truly live in the moment – enjoy the ebb and flow of Life, no matter the circumstance, having in mind that I can only affect those I can control and to live with those that I can’t.

      And finally, learn to “not care” so much about what other people think. This is the one that I truly struggled with yet found fulfilling as I made progress dealing with. It’s liberating in a sense that you’re in control of your thoughts (the “voice” inside you) and your overcautious emotions. Of course, being mindful that by doing so my set of values are not compromised.

      Anyways, my site is a reflection of my life experiences. If you’d be so kind as to read thru some more of my posts you’d certainly know more about my perspective on Life and living 🙂

      Thank you for dropping by and for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it very much.

      See you around Bia!


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  5. Can I choose both? I’d be smart and then I’d use all the knowledge and skills that I know to be interesting. 🙂 Hahaha! Pero if one lang, I’d still choose to be interesting. Minsan kasi, ang hirap kausap ng matatalino, parang ‘di mo kayang abutin ‘yung sinasabi nila. HAHA

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    1. Hahaha what you have is a beauty-pageant worthy answer!
      Mas mahirap minsan abutin yung gustong sabihin ng mga nagtatalino-talinuhan lol!
      What truly count are the connections we’re making with other people thru our personality.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Amielle 🙂 Have a great day!

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  6. I have come across people who are pretty smart but choose to be quiet and not the show off types. While another lot of people who want to be the center of attraction at all the gatherings. They create a impression that they are well versed with the latest topics, but actually are very hollow in in terms of knowledge.

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  7. Honestly, I’m easily forgettable and lack that WOW factor when you first meet me. It depends on the situation and how I feel at the time. I’ve gained friends who said they immediately liked me because I created an impression, and then there are those who don’t even remember meeting me (even after maybe 2-3 encounters). Maybe it has something to do with my intermittent opposite poles of being shy versus sociable.

    It’s something I’m trying to understand. I definitely want to leave a mark on those I meet, and I think it has a lot to do with personality.. not knowledge.

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    1. There are lots of people with extremely remarkable IQs and outstanding talents and skills whose lustre and impressions remained short-lived because they failed to connect with their fellow beings. Especially these days where it became real hard to determine those who are truly gifted with intelligence from those who are just gifted with the magic of “internet connection”. We are living in the age where everybody seems to know a bit about everything (by just clicking some keys).
      Having said that, it’s personality that truly creates that lasting connection and sustain and fuel the impressions made to stay longer.
      If it’s any encouragement, I just want you to know that I remembered you well Ms. Elizabeth! 🙂

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