We all have different strengths and weaknesses. And while some people are naturally more intelligent that others, that fact does not guarantee success. In fact, people who are extraordinarily book smart tend to have trouble getting their careers and businesses off the ground. What then can make a person successful?
According to Steve Jobs, what makes a person successful isn’t their ability to think outside the box or even tireless dedication. Of course, both of those things are great qualities to hone. However, according to Jobs, in order to be successful, you have to not have the same bag of experiences as everyone else.
According to the visionary, smart people are able to make connections that seem obvious to them, but quite perplexing to other people. The reason for this is that these smart people have acquired life experiences. That it what it means to be smart. And it’s also what it takes to see the full picture when it comes to business and other endeavours. It’s all about having unique life experiences.
A study has even revealed that openness to experience is the best predictor for job performance in situations requiring creativity (source: entrepreneur’s handbook).
Steve Jobs’ idea explains why a lot of successful entrepreneur’s are avid readers. Books are the easiest way for introverts to gather unique insights that expand their own worldview.