Infographic: Inside the Minds of the World's Smartest People


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A look into the habits (good and bad) of the world's smartest people. From Einstein to Beethoven, see what some of the world's greatest minds were known for doing. Courtesy of

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Infographic: Inside the Minds of the World's Smartest People

  1. 1. THE GOOD AND BAD HABITS of Smart People ? Follow in the footsteps of some of the world's smartest people. Just make sure you only pick up their GOOD habits. 100 115 140 160 Average IQ Above Average Genius Extraordinary Genius INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT An indicator of an individual’s mental abilities relative to others of approximately the same age. THE GOOD HABITS They Are Persistent First business failed Did not speak until he was 4 1000+ lightbulb attempts School dropout at age 10 Told he would fail albert einstein Bill Gates Thomas Edison Ben Franklin Beethoven IQ=160 IQ=160 IQ=145 IQ=160 IQ=165 They Set Goals They are avid readers Students who were given 4 weeks to accomplish a goal performed in the following ways: THE BENEFITS TO READING % WHO accomplished GOALS Increases verbal skills Helps articulate thoughts Enhances problem solving skills Increases concentration Improves writing skills Improved memory 76% 64% 43% NO WRITTEN GOALS WRITTEN GOALS 15 MINUTES SHARED GOALS WITH FRIENDS 1,000,000 AN RE TH MO of reading a day exposes you to words a year They are self-disciplined They think about thinking IQ level is a good indicator of rates of virginity amongst adolescents. Metacognition Every additional IQ point increases odds of virginity by: likelyHOOD OF TEEN SEX BASED ON IQ 5 TIMES GREATER THAN MALES IQ < 100 87% COGNITIVE SKILLS INCLUDE: FEMALES 2.7% 1.7% 120<IQ <130 of all undergrad students have had sex. Compared to the students at top schools: The self-awareness of one’s own knowledge. Metacognition encourages critical thinking and helps maximize cognitive skills. HARVARD PRINCETON MIT 59% 56% 51% comparing analyzing inferring THE BAD HABITS They tend to drink They use drugs Studies show that intelligent children are more likely to drink as adults, compared to their peers. A British Cohort Study tested children’s IQs at ages 5, 10, and 16. Thirty years later they were asked if they used drugs in the past year. ADULT BINGE DRINKING BASED ON CHILDHOOD IQ less than once a year once every other month IQ < 75 IQ > 125 BOYS IQ > 107 2X more likely to use illegal drugs during adulthood than peers GIRLS IQ > 107 3X more likely They are night owls They are anxious A 1995 demographically controlled study surveyed IQ levels of 20,000 students. Ten years later they checked their sleep patterns. In a 2012 study patients with generic anxiety disorder exhibited higher IQ scores than healthy volunteers. 1AM BEDTIME BY IQ 12AM sleep deprivation Increases: ZZ Z Risk of heart disease Chronic anxiety can lead to: Risk of obesity IQ 75 90 110 125 + Likelihood of depression DEPRESSION SMOKING NEUROTICISM Remember, while extreme intelligence has some negative associations, exhibiting these traits won’t make you smarter! Sources