How to Be “Smart” – MGM w/ Jason Su

People want to measure intelligence by things like standardized tests, total amount of knowledge, or aptitude in specific skills.

But it’s all nonsense.

People equate “smart” with knowing the answer, when in reality that matters so much less than getting the answer.

A big, important distinction.

The “smartest” people I know are given that label because they’re willing to learn and sometimes look dumb in front of others, and they know that any temporary discomfort they feel in those moments is going to be well worth it when it comes time to perform.

If you want to be the best in your field, check your ego at the door, and follow this process to have all the success you want:

1) Identify your deficiencies

2) Seek out people who have mastery and expertise in these areas, and convince them to help you

3) Ask lots of questions, and follow instructions well

4) Recognize that any discomfort you feel is a sign that you’re growing

5) Repeat steps 1-4 until your weakness is now a strength

Follow this plan, and everyone will eventually consider you to be the smartest person in the room.

Because at the end of the day we don’t judge ourselves based on attributes––we look at results.
And that’s what this process will give you in spades.

Till next week,


P.S. If your mental game is an area you’ve identified as needing improvement, I’ll be hosting Brad’s weekly Power Hour this coming Wednesday, October 28th and taking any and all questions regarding mindset and performance that anyone wishes to get feedback on.

Jason Su is the mindset and performance coach at Poker Detox and author of Poker with Presence: Unlocking the Final 15%.

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