Too Smart

«One of the most persistent fallacies is the reflexive association of wealth with wisdom,» Ed Borgato once wrote.

Wealth might be a sign of good decisions, but can those decisions be repeated? And do good decisions in one field translate to wisdom in other areas of life? Maybe, maybe not – that’s the best we can say. And there are times where exceptional wealth can prevent empathizing with ordinary people, making insight more precarious.

A similar mistake, a bit harder to grasp, is the assumption that smart people have the right answers.

They may. But does intelligence in one field convert to others? Does being good at taking tests translate to, say, leading groups of people?

Maybe. It’s never clear.

And like wealth, there are situations where people become too smart for their own good, where intelligence is a liability and blocks good decisions.

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