Don’t Be A Wise Fool – Your Intelligence is Cause of Your Misery

Don't Be A Wise Fool
Mary wished to say something very sensible but knew not how. I believe, Mary’s case is not different than yours i.e., you want to say something sensible but unable to find right words at the right time. However, the question arises why and who is Mary.

Mary is the third in the five Bennet Sisters  (Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice). She is well read with good hands on the piano and much more intelligent than all her sisters. But according to her father Mr. Bennet and brother-in-law Mr. Darcy, she is an inspid creature like her two juniors Lydia and Kitty despite being intelligent.

The problem with Mary and you is that you think too much and think superior of yourself i.e., you spend considerable time and energy before taking any decision. Think yourself right and absolutely hate to take any help from others. Meanwhile, you lose the game and blame it on the circumstances.

Damn you Circumstances.

Though, this is not the reason.

The real reason behind all your misery is your intelligence.

You heard it right. Your very intelligence.

In an interview with New York Times, Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google shares they don’t hire their employees on the basis of their college grades (or so-called IQ). Bock said, “After two or three years, your ability to perform at Google is completely unrelated to how you performed when you were in school, because the skills you required in college are very different. You’re also fundamentally a different person. You learn and grow, you think about things differently.”

He further explains, “Another reason is that I think academic environments are artificial environments. People who succeed there are sort of finely trained, they’re conditioned to succeed in that environment. One of my own frustrations when I was in college and grad school is that you knew the professor was looking for a specific answer. You could figure that out, but it’s much more interesting to solve problems where there isn’t an obvious answer. You want people who like figuring out stuff where there is no obvious answer.”

In actuality, people simply fail because they are resistive to change. They see the world from the fixed reference point of their knowledge. Meanwhile, the world has changed its position.

So don’t be a wise fool (Padha likha Gawaar). Accept new things, embrace new knowledge. Because only thing that hinder you from your pursuit of happiness is you and your intelligence.

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