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Good and Bad Habits of Smart People [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Are you a smart person? I suppose everyone wants to answer "YES, I am". There are different kinds and different degrees of smartness. Everyone I know is smart in one particular area of life, so from that perspective, we are all smart. For the purpose of this article, smartness is based on IQ points. This is about about the good and bad habits of people with a high IQ. It seems there are some patterns, and things to watch out for if you are a smart person.

Smart people have many good habits. They are usually avid readers, they set goals, they are very self-disciplined and they even think about thinking. Smart people are not off the hook when it comes to bad habits though. If you have a high IQ, you may have a predisposition to being drunk, take drugs, and rob your body of sleep. You might also be very anxious or have an anxiety disorder, which can lead to depression and smoking.
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According to that study, 3% of people have written goals and a written plan to achieve them. 13% of people have goals, but they aren’t written down. 84% of people have no goals at all. The 3% who wrote down their goals achieved them. Even more interesting is that the 3% of people who wrote down their goals also ended up earning 10 times more money than the other 97% combined. That is definitely one of the many good habits we can all learn from smart people

Not everyone is perfect, and that includes the president of the United States, great entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, and even world famous athletes like Michael Jordan. Everyone has their flaws - bad habits that no one desires to have or keep around their lives - that only leads them to unlocking their very limited potential in themselves. But more often than not, their good habits more than make up for their bad ones, which is why they’re still left in a great position to succeed in their endeavours.
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If you only possessed the good habits, it would be very hard for folks to see you becoming anything other than a success, right? That is why your
 “net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”
                      - Benjamin Franklin.
 If you are a person who believes in daily and consistent self-improvement, you will soon realize that getting rid of the bad habits first are just as, if not, more important than attaining the new ones.

Sure, those nasty habits of yours may give you some immediate satisfaction or temporary relief from stress or any other external/internal factors that may come into play, but success is never about instant gratification. It’s a long-term commitment that is often accompanied by delayed gratification which may or may not ever come your way. Increase your chances of success by decreasing your bad habits and nurturing the good ones. It’s a difficult process that very few people can do, which is why success is often for the very few who can make this happen.
The Habits of Smart People  When asked if they would rather be smart or dumb, surely everyone would answer smart! If you're looking to improve your mental capabilities you can start by following in the footsteps of some of the smartest people in the world.  A person's Intelligence Quotient indicates their mental abilities relative to others of approximately the same age.  Average IQ= 100 Above Average=115 Genius= 140 Extraordinary Genius=160 The Good Habits  They are persistent  Smart people don't let failure stop them.  Albert Einstein (IQ=160) did not speak until he was 4 Bill Gates' (IQ=160) first business failed Thomas Edison (IQ=145) tried to make a lightbulb over 1,000 times Benjamin Franklin (IQ=160) dropped out of school at age 10 Ludwig Van Beethoven (IQ=165) was told he would never succeed They set goals  Students were given 4 weeks to accomplish a goal...  Students without written goals--->accomplish 43% of goals Students with written goals--->accomplish 64% of goals Students who share their goals with friends--> accomplish 76% of goals They are avid readers  The benefits of reading include...  Increases verbal skills Helps articulate thoughts Enhances problem solving skills Improved memory Increases concentration Improves writing skills Expands vocabulary Just 15 minutes of reading a day exposes you to over 1,000,000 words a year.  They are self-disciplined  IQ level is a good indicator of rates of virginity amongst adolescents.  Teens with IQ < 100 are 1.5-5 times more likely to have had sex than teens with 120 < IQ > 130 Every additional IQ point increases odds of virginity 2.7% for males/ 1.7% for females 87% of all undergrads students have had sex. Undergrads at top schools that have had sex:  Harvard= 59% Princeton=56% MIT=51% This reflects a desire to safeguard educational and occupational plans by avoiding risk associated with adolescent sex.  They think about thinking  Metacognition is the self-awareness of one's own knowledge, and affects critical thinking skills. Cognitive skills include comparing, analyzing, and inferring Metacognitive skills allow individuals to realize the best way to utilize their cognitive skills. Being smart obviously has its' advantages, but there can be a downside...  The Bad Habits of Smart People  They tend to drink  Studies have shown that intelligent children are more likely to drink as adults, compared to their peers. Adults with childhood IQ < 75 engage in binge drinking less than once a year. Adults with childhood IQ > 125 engage in binge drinking once every other month. They are at a greater risk for drug use  Boys with IQs > 107 were 2x more likely to use illegal drugs during adulthood than peers Girls with IQs > 107 were 3x more likely to use illegal drugs during adulthood They are night owls  Effects of sleep deprivation:  Increases risk of heart disease Increases risk of obesity 3x more likely to suffer from depression Impairs judgement They are anxious  In a 2012 study patients with generic anxiety disorder exhibited higher IQ scores than healthy volunteers. Although experts speculate worrisome people are more equipped to for see troublesome situations, anxiety has clear consequences.  Chronic anxiety can lead to:  Smoking Depression Neuroticism If you're looking to improve your success at home, school, or work, you can start by working the positive habits of smart people into your daily routine. Remember, while extreme intelligence has some negative associations, exhibiting these traits won't make you smarter!

Having both good and bad habits are simply a part of human nature. It is hard to change a habit that’s been so engrained in our everyday lives, but that’s not to say it is impossible (at any age). But with that, you will also seek a new motivation to become a better human being than you were yesterday.

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