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How do you come to terms with just not being smart enough to get to the next career level? Currently a senior consultant and the partners seem super humanly smart and good at their job, I think this is as high up as my brain can get

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The higher up you get, the less it has to do with being "smart" and the more it has to do with being able to play politics, sell consistently, and BS your way out of a paperbag.


Being smart doesn't really have anything to do with it. I think what you're perceiving as intelligence is just area expertise.

Try to just make a habit whenever you hear about something new you write it down, then read say 3 articles research and listen to one or two experts talk about it. If you find out something else you don't understand in that rabbithole, repeat.

If you get into the habit of doing that every time you encounter something you don't know about I'm sure you'd be suprised at how generally well-read you can become in a relatively short period of time.


Some things just come with experience :) hang in there, someday people will feel the same about you too.


You don’t become partner by being book smart. In fact many technically smart people never rise beyond a technical role and can’t communicate effectively.

A partner instead requires high emotional intelligence (emotional IQ). This is knowing the right thing to say, how to position things, how to read people, and how to work with others to get things done.


Honestly, the partners I’ve met that are truly shockingly intelligent are the ones that are the nicest and most willing to help. It’s the mediocre ones or slightly above average intelligence that always have shite attitude- they’re the ones that make it all about politics to get to the next level! In addition to the great advice above I would also say work on your EI for the long term game.


It gets easier once you realize that it’s less about raw IQ and more about improv… 🎶


Spend more time with people like that and I promise you’ll start picking up their habits and ways of working. You’ll excel in no time.


I just thank fate that I'm in a profession where you don't have to be #1 to get paid, unlike sports or acting. I am grateful that those smart people keep my job around by doing things I'm not smart enough to do. (I'm in coding so it is very, very clear that people are smarter than me and not just area expertise -- the abstraction, the mental leaps, the memory, just blows me out of the water and is not trainable.)


Partner is not the level to senior consultant. Why don’t we start there? Look at some of your managers, do you think they’re scores better than you? If so, why? Raw intelligence? Experience? You’ve got this


Fake it till you make it. Or learn how to fail up. #bighead


Don’t attribute to smarts what can be attributed to knowledge. To be quite honest. “Smart” is just time + effort. You’ll get there if you want to. :)

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