Everyone is Smarter Than You

MDC Boston Live If you do it right, everyone around you will be smarter than you. Everyone will have great ideas and thoughts you’ve never considered, and all kinds of brilliance to add to your experience. When you are fortunate enough to know a lot of smart people, your odds of this being true are even greater. Want to know how to surround yourself with smart people?

How to Find People Who Are Smarter Than You

Go where they are. The brilliant people who are interacting with each other in the Owner Mastery Foundation Group teach me something every time I go there. When I go to great events like the New Media Expo, I’m surrounded by brilliant people. When I visit gatherings like the one that Keith Griffis held in Cambridge the other night, I am lucky to meet brilliant people. And those who came to my very own MDC Boston event at the Hotel Colonnade in Boston? Well, they were super ultra smart.

How to Benefit From People Who Are Smarter Than You

I benefit from people who are smarter than me all the time. I stuffed a whole magazine full of them. I get to talk to people like Becky McCray and ask her for her thoughts and ideas. I get to listen to some of the most successful business people I know like Bob Burg and Charlie Green and Marsha Collier to name a few, and I can seek their ideas and understanding. Heck, most of the time, I just observe what they’re doing and get smarter from them. Or I read their books and ebooks. Mostly both.

I also benefit from connecting them together, and from helping them find more business for themselves. When I get amazing help creating themes for my audio projects from Mark Hermann, he also gets a little more “known” as a guy who can help you make your podcast (or whatever) stand out. When I tell people that Rachel Gogos does great branding and design strategy work, you can figure that out and benefit from it, too.

Share Everyone’s Brilliance As Often As Possible

SEBAOAP. The best way to come away seeming like a really smart person, it turns out, is to support the really brilliant people you’re fortunate enough to spend time with more often than not. When I can share that great new post by Jonathan Fields, you’ll really likely only remember that you feel smarter and that I showed it to you (unless you saw it already). Poof. I seem smarter already. Right? Share other people’s brilliance. Share everything you can.

And I don’t mean retweet. I mean, get in there and LOVE on the person. Like full effect Tim Sanders level loving on them.

That’s what will make you seem as amazing and smart as you probably really are. It’s not what you know. It’s not who you know. It’s how you show love. Maybe. I think. You? What do I know? You’re the smart one around here!

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  • http://thetopfivepercent.com/ Stephen W. Anderson

    I know a lot of things and I am an expert in my particular field, but in order to create an organization that works efficiently I need people who do some things better than me and who are smarter than me. And I am happy to be able to get their assistance.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      I’m an expert in no fields. I can’t even mow a lawn well.

      • http://thetopfivepercent.com/ Stephen W. Anderson

        Rimshot, ya got me there. :-)

  • http://jacksonandwilson.com/ Mitch Jackson

    As Will Rogers once said, “A man only learns in two ways,
    one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”

    In today’s digital world I think Mr. Rogers would have added “reading really good blogs” :-)

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Interesting. I don’t get any credit for doing dumb things and learning from my mistakes? : )

  • http://milostopic.com Milos

    As the good old saying goes, “you are who your friends are” (instead of friends on can insert acquaintances, business partners, staff…and so on). It the never-ending process of learning and growth we call life it is essential to surround yourself with those you admire and aspire to be like one day when you grow up ;)

    This applies to hiring staff as well and whenever possible hire better than you

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      True that. : )

  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    Nothing to add. Well said Chris.

    I often recommend to my audiences that want to increase their engagement to only share OPC (other people’s content) for one week. Then notice the results.

    It works amazingly well!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Interesting. I’ve not yet done that one. : )

  • Rena Hedeman

    Brilliant. Thanks for sharing the love & wisdom. We all benefit from it.

    Oh and by the way, MDCBoston was da bomb

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Thanks, Rena. It meant a lot to me that you were there. : )

  • http://selfstairway.com/about/ Vincent Nguyen

    I’m lucky enough to be doing an apprenticeship in the Philippines right now and I’m constantly surrounded by brilliant entrepreneurs. These are guys with ideas that make me go, “Holy geez, how did they come up with that?” So glad to feel like the least experienced person in the room. :)

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Wonderful! Glad you’re having the chance to experience it. : )

  • Daniel Decker

    So true. Sad that too many let the brilliance of others become a threat vs something to embrace, encourage and promote. We can all learn from each other.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      My only threat is that I’ll miss seeing them be brilliant. I need to see it. : )

  • http://www.facebook.com/theNetworkingMotivator Beth Bridges

    I also want to have everyone around me run faster than me. Bike harder.
    Work more effectively. Network better. Be more organized. Everything that I
    want to be and do better…

    But it takes a very strong sense of self to be willing to be in that
    position. Much easier on my ego to try to be the smartest, fastest, networkingest one in the room!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      No question, Beth. This isn’t for the feint of heart. : )

  • http://www.heartspoken.com/ Elizabeth H. Cottrell

    Chris, this is an especially powerful message because you practice what you preach…always have. Your message (that you not only CAN combine heart and head in a successful business but you MUST) is taking hold in all kinds of places, and it must be rewarding to see that you are no longer a voice crying in the wilderness. Thanks for your good work!

  • http://www.terryculkin.com/ Terry Culkin

    Thank you Chris. I know this. We all know this. However, I feel I haven’t been practicing this as much as I should. It’s very important to give the love and recognition to the people who have done amazing things. Thanks again for another kick on the head post.

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  • http://tinyurl.com/LoveYourNiche LoveYourNiche

    The best thing about my smarter friends, is that they’re smarter in different ways than I am…they’re programmers and social justice bloggers and athletes and pastors and martial artists…they push me to be smart and broader and I love them to death:)

  • PERK

    Very encouraging and humble post. I like what you wrote where you learn from so many experience people. The experience we gain never stop. We will be expose to more and more experience till the day we say bye bye to the earth. Thank you for writing this post.

  • http://cashflowstoyou.com Monty

    Great post and message

  • Kate Edgar

    So right. A little love, yes it works most every time. What goes around comes around and that makes for a tidy-neat world when we’re all sharing.

  • http://www.eemes.com/ Eemes

    Tats quite tricky to get the smart people :) I love this post of being smarter!

  • dude

    I always hire people that are smarter then me. It is always the best policy.