Are You Too Smart to Win?

Chicken Headed BusinessmanWe’ve all wondered how that stupid idea we saw years ago became a multimillion or multibillion dollar idea. Or how a startup populated by people with seemingly no business sense jumped to popularity. Is the problem that the world is just full of stupid people or that life isn’t fair? According to a guest post, by the esteemed “Fake Grimlock” on called Win Like Stupid, it’s due to the fact that it’s the stupid that succeed.

It’s a great article and you should read it, but here’s the gist of it. If you’re smart and worried that others think that you are smart, you’ll tend to overthink things, be afraid of failing and never take the big risks. According to the article, stupid people are too stupid to fear and too stupid to think they’ll fail. So eventually, even though smart people keep trying to pick apart their ideas, stupid people will win with one of their dumb ideas. That’s mostly because they keep plugging away until it turns out that one of their dumb ideas really wasn’t that dumb, after all.

It sounds counterintuitive at first, but when you think about the arguments, it makes complete sense. It’s a good thing I can be stupid when I need to be. I’ve got to go. I have a dumb idea or three that I need to go work on!

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