The Curse Of Being Highly Intelligent (And How To Overcome)

It’s never politically correct to talk about how smart you are or how high your IQ is. That’s why I’m writing this post.

As far as JKDGO.com goes, we love politically incorrect hard truths that lamestream losers can’t handle. So here we go.

This post is inspired by an online exchange a month ago with a fellow highly intelligent friend. Truth is, being highly intelligent is a double-edged sword — your brain can be your best friend or your worst enemy.


What I Mean By “Intelligent”

Well first off, let me define intelligence. I’m not just talking about the conventional understanding of the term — academically gifted, bright, or clever.

I’m talking about people who are insightful, profound, deep — basically able to see things and think things very differently from the mainstream. They are the visionaries who want to lead a different life.


Pitfalls Of Being Highly Intelligent

1. People who are highly intelligent are not content with being average.

To them, ‘average’ is a dirty word.

To normal people, the basic bitches and basic bros, they are able to enjoy their mediocre life because that’s where the herd is. Sheep follow sheep, and birds of the same feather flock together.

Highly intelligent people want to forge their own path. They want to do what they want. And that often means going against the grain, and breaking many social norms and expectations.

The average person sees the normal path — 9-to-5 living, getting married, having 2.5 kids, spending the rest of their lives paying off their mortgage and buying stuff they don’t need to impress people who don’t give a fuck — as the only option or even the ideal/most desirable option.

The highly intelligent sees a death sentence.

To me, “normal” would be something extraordinary like figuring out how to beat the bookies at sports betting.

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2. People who are highly intelligent are mentally unstable.

We experience a lot of angst and frustration. That’s normal when you feel you’re not living up to your potential and living the life you deserve.

Late-night anxiety is a fact of life. If you’re one of us, you already know that.

Sleepless nights thinking about where your life is going, and how it’s going to work out.

Many scientific studies have shown that highly intelligent people have a higher rate of psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder.

Usually though: It’s not that you are more screwed than the average guy. You just care more.

3. People who are highly intelligent can feel very lonely.

Even if they are physically surrounded by other human beings. There is a constant feeling that they don’t belong or fit in anywhere.

You feel alone because it’s as if you’re on this journey that no one understands.

Not to worry, I have a solution for you in this article.

4. People who are highly intelligent can’t stop over-analyzing.

Which is bad because it stops you from doing what actually matters — taking action.

My mind is constantly chattering. It’s noisy as fuck in here.

Sometimes it’s difficult to take a mental breather.

Coincidentally, many of us also suffer from the Curse of Perfectionism. Which is an even bigger barrier to taking action in your life where it matters.

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Fun Fact: 98% of people who don’t know me personally can’t tell that I am intelligent at all.


The Curse

People who are highly intelligent tend to overthink and are addicted to mental masturbation.

Ignorance is bliss. That is a 100% true statement.

When you don’t know what is possible, you don’t know what you’re missing out.

Just like dead people can’t know they are dead, the stupid don’t know they are stupid because they don’t know what they don’t know.

But when you want more out of life, you never fit in with the mainstream crowd.

I believe a huge part of these traits are born. But they can also be picked up or learned as you go through life and get exposed to unconventional “Red Pill” ideas that challenge your worldview and socially-conditioned ways of thinking.

Blissful ignorance of illusion (Blue Pill) can give way to painful truth of reality (Red Pill).

The problem is thinking you are “better” just because you “know a lot”.

You tend to get stuck in the cycle of absorbing endless unnecessary theories and information.

I’ve come to the realization that popular self-help material, and even formal education, equals Bullshit (for the most part).

BTW — this is not coming from a low IQ moron eating sour grapes. I graduated from a university that’s consistently ranked top 20 in the entire world. I think paper qualifications, even from prostitute prestigious colleges, are generally worthless (with small exceptions, such as medical doctors). Not to mention the garbage degree mills that young people are wasting their money on for the sake of fulfilling arbitrary societal expectations.

Universities are like prostitutes — they paint the false fantasy of them providing you a fabulous service and enriching your life, but in the end they screwed you and took your money.


How To Overcome The Curse

A) Recognize this simple fact: Knowledge is NOT power. Application of knowledge is.

If you’re not taking any action, all the knowledge in your head is worthless. It’s like having a business idea that lives in your head — never materialized and never monetized.

Accept that if you don’t take action, you’re actually as stupid as the unsophisticated idiot who never learned any “Red Pill” material. You might as well be blissfully ignorant. At least you might be happier.

Reading + learning + understanding tons of self-improvement theories = useless.

The missing final step is Application.

Taking action (however small) is 10x more beneficial than reading. You learn by doing.

While smart people have an insatiable desire to consume more and more and more knowledge, you need to recognize yourself in that pattern and STOP. Be a doer-producer, not a reader-consumer.

E.g. Spending 1 hour a day working on a small side business project will do you more good than attending 10 hours of lectures at business school.

E.g. Going to the gym for 1 hour today will do you more good than spending 10 hours reading about some overly complicated exercise knowledge.

E.g. Spending 1 hour at the mall talking to attractive girls will get you a date faster than spending 10 hours learning some lame bullshit theory about “how to trick girls into liking you”.

B) Fuck distractions.

You see, people in the past didn’t have the distractions of the Information Overload Age that we live in today.

Legendary genius Nikola Tesla developed Alternating Current by observing cyclists on their bicycles while sitting at a park.

Little Tesla in Year 2017 would be too busy getting distracted by the pings from his cell phone instead of gaining inspiration from the surroundings.

For the highly intelligent, we aren’t usually distracted by mindless games like Angry Birds or Pokemon GO.

It’s more likely for us to be distracted by the thoughts in our heads — ruminating over some brilliant idea we just came up with, or over-analyzing something that is actually insignificant.

Learn to just be present. It can be extremely difficult but a good place to start is to check out the teachings of Eckhart Tolle.

C) Embrace being different.

Even before I knew what I wanted out of life, as a young kid I could never fit in with the mainstream kids. I could never identify with my peers. That’s why I believe some people are just born this way. This theory has been validated by talking to like-minded people.

No matter how weird you think you are, you will be surprised that other like-minded folks DO EXIST. And the good news is that you’re reading my blog post via an internet connection, which means you can also seek out these people online.

This is also the solution to feelings of loneliness in your journey to Greatness.

The internet has broken geographical boundaries so we’re no longer stuck in small villages of homogeneous ideas.

D) Don’t be a perfectionist.

Being a perfectionist is a surefire way to get nothing done. It’s related to the obsession with absorbing as much knowledge as possible like a sponge.

You always feel the need to wait for the “perfect” time after you have gotten “enough” information before starting on a project.

Take for instance starting an e-commerce store.

Highly intelligent perfectionists might spend too much time on insignificant design details that have a very small return on the time investment, in the grand scheme of things.

Or say, writing a blog post.

You could spend an extra 3 hours editing an article to turn a “85% good” article into a “99% almost perfect” one. Worse case, you may even discard the entire article in the end because it wasn’t “good enough” according to your unrealistic standards.

I’ve learned to let go of my perfectionist tendencies. Just because you’re highly intelligent doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. If I had insisted on 100%, I would never have completed any project — be it launching my online store, publishing the revolutionary soccer betting book, writing erotica, or setting up this blog.

The solution is to tell yourself: Shoot first, ask questions later. You can always come back to improve upon your previous work once you get the momentum going.


Conclusion

Few people talk about the curse of being highly intelligent individuals. Doing so seems like bragging, and most people are too afraid to offend anyone.

I’m here to tell the truth and screw conventional thinking into its coffin where it belongs.

The best advice I can give to you if you find yourself afflicted with Highly-Intelligent-Disdain-For-The-Mainstream-Syndrome is to seek out like-minded people in your fields of interest online. It’s especially useful if you live in a small town or perhaps like me, in a big city but one that’s highly conformist.

Remember, you’re never alone.

I’ll see you in the next post.

Live Free Or Die,
J.K. Diego (JKDGO.COM)

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5 Comments

  1. Man I love this article. Not to sound egotistical but I always have considered myself “insightful, profound, deep — basically able to see things and think things very differently from the mainstream”.

    In fact this has always been a source of my anxiety. My mind is always on the go and striving for more “my mind is constantly chattering, it’s noisy as fuck in here”

    I feel like I wrote this myself, you gave me some hella good laughs and I truly relate to all of this.

    Subscribed!

    • Thanks Alex, not sure if you consider yourself an introvert, but if you are you could check out Susan Cain’s book ‘Quiet’.

  2. Not to sound egotistical but I also have always found myself “insightful, profound, deep — basically able to see things and think things very differently from the mainstream”.

    Honestly it is a great source of my anxiety. My constant mind keeps me up at night, and never stops. It is an exhausting feeling, and I am learning to channel it into being productive rather than learning more.

    “My mind is constantly chattering. It’s noisy as fuck in here.”
    Shit man I feel like I wrote this article, that is how much I relate to this.

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