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How to Improve Your Intelligence: 3 Simple Ways to Become Smarter

by Roveen Anyango
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We often want to become much smarter people, but sometimes, it can be hard to know what to do so that we can improve our intelligence.

Now, of course, there are ways like exercising or doing simple brain exercises, that are toted to improve your intelligence but in this article, we look at some little-known ways to actually improve your intelligence.

Question yourself

The first step towards improving your intelligence is always to question yourself. We often have a tendency to believe that we know something and are more intelligent than we are. However, to be smarter, always question yourself. When forming an opinion, always ask yourself; what if I am wrong? What if I am falling for confirmation bias?

When you question yourself, you allow your brain to ask some tough questions that will require a lot more effort to find answers from you. This way, you will know what to read to know better, you will understand shortcomings in your thinking and begin to look at things more holistically, not just from your own narrow point of view.

Build your imagination

We often believe that intelligence lies in knowledge, but a thing to know is that knowledge is just one small part of intelligence. To build your intelligence better, always try to connect the dots, look beyond the obvious. Albert Einstein once said, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.’

When you build your imagination, you build your mind to always look beyond the obvious. This way, you remain curious, are constantly learning, and always ask the ‘why’ beyond obvious knowledge.

To build your imagination, read widely, from science books to fiction, and learn a new skill or language. Do something that will force your brain to be creative.

Network with others

Meet new people who are outside your immediate environment. When you meet new people, you expose yourself to new ideas new environments and, thus, opening up a pathway to improve your cognitive ability.

With other people, you are able to see new perspectives and coming up to new information. However, ensure that you actually want to learn and are not simply networking to try to prove you are smart. And also, try to network more with people smarter than you.

While some intelligence is innate, fluid intelligence can be learned and the above simple steps can help you train your mind to do it.

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