If you are exceptionally brilliant, you probably realize it because unlike others who are working and studying harder, making more errors and sweating with unusual stress, you move forward with ease.
It is however, very easy to get a false sense of reality. It is possible that you are not so smart but instead associate with, work with or hang around less intelligent people. In this case you could appear to be a genius (and they will tell you so). You will strut a little and believe their truth as your own. Since you are obviously so advanced, you won't work as hard to learn, more acquire more skills and takes risks (Which adds to experience and wisdom).
Joining a membership, club or attending networking events can trap you with a false sense of intelligence.
If you have begun to rely on your reputation for being the smartest person in the room (in regards to your industry or field), you can easily assume that all is well.
When someone walks into the room who runs circles around you and asks questions you don't have the answer to, you will sneak away for two minutes to Google the questions so that you can appear to be "in the know". It reminds you that maybe... you might not be quite as intelligent as you thought.
Anyone can be at risk of being removed from the top spot by not only the boss, but also by clients, customers, peers, mentees and those we hope to impress because of pride and social status.
It is sad to know that so many want answers to questions like the ones below simply because they want stay off the bottom - beat the person next to them.
- How intelligent am I?
- Is there a test? (Like in school)
- How intelligent do others believe me to be?
- How smart to do I have to be?
- Should I consider myself "the expert"?
- What do others believe?
- Which is most important? Intelligence or wisdom?
- Is my I.Q. ?
- How do I improve my intelligence.
- How can I prove to others that I have intelligence and wisdom.