Intelligence… Some of us college students think of it as our G.P.A. Some think of it as thinking smarter not harder. And some think it’s remembering all of the facts you have ever learned… All of these thoughts from others intelligence have a similarities.
These tips are what really build intelligence:
- Read—I don’t mean just read that really boring college textbook (Sorry to all the textbook writers but they make straightforward concepts wordy. It’s like a college student who’s trying to add more pages to an essay!) Read about life events that have happened recently or before you were born. Read books from people who you look up to—Youtubers, bloggers, entrepreneurs or fiction writers. Lastly, read self-help or positive books. These give you insight about events that happen to you personally or to the important people around you.
- Observe—Watch how others around you focus on the important things in their life and how they deal with situations. This doesn’t mean do as you see but instead look up to people who can set great examples for you. Why should we pay attention to this? Why are we people–watching? The answer is because we have to be aware of our surroundings. When we make ourselves aware of our surroundings, we are able to realize exactly which environments we want to be apart of. Stay with me… Being intelligent isn’t just about words and paper, it also includes the emotional side of things. When we are emotionally intelligent in our surroundings, we know what makes us happy and what makes us not so happy.
- Take a walk—After reading and watching; take a walk. It can be as long or as short as you want. Anywhere you want: a park, walking up and down the stairs in your house (this can be tiring… at least when I watch my mom do it for exercise that’s what I perceive). Wherever your walking zone is, go to it. When we absorb new information and learn we also need to give ourselves somewhere to let our mind breathe. Walking helps keep us relaxed and lets our brain take our thoughts in with a nice breeze. If you choose to take a walk around the park, meditating afterwards can be good as well. As it can act as an relaxation after relaxation. It’s similar to how a dancer cools down after a long practice and how we get back to normal after that intense workout.
It’s not about how much you know but how much you can know, learn and improve. Never stop learning. Find writers, people you look up to and allow your knowledge to widen. Never stop improving!