Now I’m going to make a bold statement. I’m smarter than you. Yup I said it, and it’s true. You can try to argue if you’d like, but it’s not an opinion. It is a fundamental law of the universe.
We all need someone smarter than us. Otherwise we would never learn and grow. It would be impossible to improve in any way.
Before you get offended and click away to another blog or head back to Facebook, let me explain why I feel confident in making such a remark.
To begin, you are most likely smarter than me. Yes, this is absolutely possible. It’s possible in the same way that this statement is true.
Infinity > Infinity
Feel free to disagree in the comment section below, I will be happy to explain it to you. Mostly because it will make this post much easier since you will be proving my initial statement true before I’m required to do so.
It’s possible for us to both be smarter than each other because we are different. Occasionally I might say something (or write something) that you didn’t know or maybe never considered. To you, I’m a genius. But am I really? Nope, I’m just different.
Intelligence is very much context based. My advice to you, is to find and surround yourself with individuals who have the experiences you want to have. Read their works, listen to their podcasts, their YouTube videos, whatever it is. Don’t just find people who are a little bit smarter than you, find the true geniuses.
Who are some writing geniuses you have discovered and how have they impacted you?
If you need a recommendation, I’ve been listening to the Writing Excuses Podcast. Their podcasts are 15-20 minutes long.
Yesterday I was talking with a coworker about writing, my own WIP’s, my blog, writing prompts, the whole shebang. He told me a story about Hunter S. Thompson, (I’ll paraphrase) who “wanted to know what it felt like to write a masterpiece” (Full article on Hunter S. Thompson). So he took the Great Gatsby and typed it out word for word. Yes he typed out the entire book just to know what it felt like to write like Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby wasn’t his only copied masterpiece. He did the same exercise with other authors including Hemingway and Faulkner.. He did this to internalize excellent writing. In other words, he learned from people who were smarter than he. (I am using the term smarter very loosely if you haven’t noticed already).
He then went on to write his own book.
I thought of a couple books that this would be great to do with, buuut I have a lot of stuff going on and I’m not sure I’ll be able to knock that out. At least not the entire book.
“If you want to be the best, learn from the best.”
I really was telling the truth when I said infinity > infinity.
You see, infinity can be any range of numbers as long as there is no end. So there are an infinite number of numbers between 1 and 2. There are also an infinite number of numbers between 2 and 3. But infinity between 2 and three is greater than the infinity between 1 and 2.