13. Jonathas Duarte
No matter what your area of expertise is, people will ask you to fix their computer just because you are smart.
The biggest disadvantage? The one that can hurt you the most in the long run? Thinking you’re smarter than everyone else in the room. This can damage relationships, careers, happiness. It wasn’t until I was pushing 50 that I realized the true meaning of the phrase “The wisest man living is the man who appreciates the limits of his wisdom.” Just remember – some of the smartest people alive are the ones that make others feel smarter than they are!
15. Matthew Stern
Intelligence isn’t valued, at least not in the United States. People are generally judged on their appearance, charm, humor, and physical strength. Intelligent people are usually treated with suspicion and disdain. “No one likes a know-it-all,” as the saying goes. So, we generally have to hide our intelligence or develop charm and humor so we don’t seem as threatening.
The irony is the United States has achieved its success because of intelligent people. Where would we be without people like Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs? But each of those people are probably as known (if not more so) for their personality and charm than their intellect.