11 things smart people always do (but never talk about)

We often hear about the smart things intelligent folks do every day, right? But what about the things they do in secret?

Surprisingly, it’s these hidden habits that truly set them apart from the crowd.

Let’s uncover the 11 things smart people always do (but never talk about).

You might even recognize a few of these in yourself!

1. They Keep Learning

Smart people have a secret: they never stop learning. It doesn’t matter if they’re in the middle of a busy day or on a relaxing vacation, they’re always finding ways to feed their minds.

Whether it’s reading a book, listening to a podcast, or even watching a documentary, they’re continually seeking out new information.

They believe that knowledge has no limits and there’s always something new to discover. But here’s the catch – they rarely brag about it.

It’s their secret fuel, keeping their minds sharp and ideas fresh.

So next time you’ve got some spare time, why not learn something new? It’s the smart thing to do!

2. They Embrace Their Mistakes

Smart people mess up too. But instead of beating themselves up over it, they view mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow.

They know that perfection is unattainable and that every mistake brings them one step closer to success. When they stumble, they don’t hide it.

Instead, they analyze what went wrong, how they can fix it, and how they can avoid similar mistakes in the future.

But they don’t go around broadcasting their failures.

They silently embrace their mistakes, learn from them, and become even smarter.

Remember, it’s okay to mess up. Just make sure you learn from it!

3. They Take Time to Reflect

Smart people have a habit of taking time out of their day to reflect on their actions and decisions. It’s like their little secret meditation session. They understand that reflection is an important part of growth and success.

Let me share a personal example with you. I remember a time when I was working on a project and it didn’t go as planned. Instead of jumping straight into another task, I took a moment to sit back and think about what had happened.

I pondered over the decisions I’d made, the actions I’d taken and what I could’ve done differently. This habit of pausing to reflect helped me understand where I went wrong and how to avoid making the same mistakes in the future.

Just like me, smart people don’t necessarily talk about this habit of theirs, but it’s a crucial part of their daily routine. So why not take a few minutes each day to reflect on your actions? It might just give you some valuable insights!

4. They Prioritize Their Health

Smart people know that a healthy body houses a healthy mind.

They prioritize their health by maintaining a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and ensuring they get enough sleep.

They understand that their mental performance is linked to their physical well-being.

Remember, they don’t necessarily talk about how many hours they spent at the gym or how many steps they walked in a day.

But rest assured, they’re taking care of their health behind the scenes. So why not follow in their footsteps? Your body (and mind) will thank you!

5. They Show Gratitude

You may not hear them say it, but smart people are often the most grateful.

They understand that gratitude isn’t just about being thankful for the big things in life, but also appreciating the small moments.

They know that expressing gratitude can improve their mood, reduce stress, and even lead to better sleep.

There was a time when things weren’t going well in my life. Everything seemed to be going wrong, and I found it hard to see the good in anything.

But then I started to practice gratitude. Every night before bed, I would write down three things I was grateful for that day.

It could be as simple as having a good meal or getting a seat on the crowded bus. Over time, this habit changed my perspective on life.

It made me realize that even on bad days, there’s always something to be grateful for.

Smart people don’t typically broadcast their gratitude practices. But behind closed doors, they’re constantly reminding themselves of all the good in their life.

So why not give it a try? It might just give you a whole new outlook on life!

6. They Know When to Disconnect

In this digital age, we’re constantly connected to our devices. But smart people understand the importance of unplugging and taking a break. They know that too much screen time can lead to stress, burnout, and a decrease in productivity.

To be honest, I learned this the hard way. I used to be glued to my phone and laptop, constantly checking emails, scrolling through social media, and working late into the night.

It wasn’t long before I felt depleted and burned out. That’s when I knew I had to change.

Now, I set aside time each day to disconnect from all my devices. Whether it’s reading a book or taking a walk outside, these moments of disconnection are a breath of fresh air for my mind.

Smart people might not always talk about their digital detox habits, but trust me, they’re switching off their devices and taking time for themselves.

So why not try it? Even a short break can do wonders for your mental health!

7. They Say ‘No’ Without Guilt

Listen, smart people get it. They know they can’t do everything. And more importantly, they understand that it’s okay to say ‘no’. It’s not about being selfish or rude, it’s about respecting their time and energy.

There was a time when I used to be a people-pleaser. I’d say ‘yes’ to everything, even when my plate was already overflowing. It led to stress, burnout, and resentment.

It was tough, but I had to learn to say ‘no.’ I had to realize that my time is precious and I can’t do everything for everyone. And guess what? People understood. In fact, they respected me more for it.

Smart folks don’t go around bragging about the times they’ve said ‘no.’ But trust me, they’re doing it.

So give yourself permission to say ‘no’ when you need to. It’s not only smart, but it’s also vital for your well-being. 

8. They Seek Out Different Perspectives

Smart people understand that their way of thinking isn’t the only way. They actively seek out different perspectives to broaden their understanding and challenge their views.

They know that by doing this, they can make more informed decisions and come up with innovative solutions.

This is because different perspectives bring in a variety of ideas, experiences, and approaches to problem-solving.

Smart folks are not usually vocal about this habit of theirs. But rest assured, behind the scenes, they’re always open to different viewpoints and ideas.

So why not try it out? The next time you’re faced with a decision or problem, seek out a different perspective. It might just open your eyes to a whole new solution. 

9. They Value Their Alone Time

Something smart people understand very well is the importance of spending time alone.

It’s during these moments of solitude that they recharge, reflect, and even come up with their best ideas.

They know that being alone doesn’t necessarily mean being lonely.

I can personally vouch for this. I’ve always been quite social, but I realized that I also needed time by myself to fully recharge.

Whether it’s going for a solo walk, reading a book, or simply sitting quietly with my thoughts, these moments alone have become essential for my well-being.

Smart people don’t always talk about their need for solitude. But trust me, they’re taking time out for themselves. Remember, it’s okay to enjoy your own company. In fact, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences!

10. They Don’t Compare Themselves to Others

Let’s be real for a moment. In this age of social media, it’s so easy to compare ourselves to others. We see their highlight reels and wonder why our lives don’t look the same.

But smart people know better. They understand that everyone’s journey is unique and that comparing ourselves to others is a surefire way to feel dissatisfied.

I’ve been there. Scrolling through social media, feeling down because everyone else seemed to be achieving so much more.

But then I realized that I was only seeing a fraction of their lives – not the struggles, the failures, or the hard work that went on behind the scenes.

Smart people don’t often talk about this habit of not comparing themselves to others.

But believe me, they’re doing it. They’re focusing on their own path, their own growth, and their own successes.

So next time you find yourself falling into the comparison trap, remember – your journey is unique, and it’s the only one that matters!

11. They Embrace Change

In life, change is inevitable. And let me tell you something – smart people get this. They know that change can be uncomfortable and scary, but they also understand that it’s necessary for growth.

I’ve had my fair share of changes in life. Some were exciting, some were terrifying, but all of them helped me grow in one way or another. I’ve learned to embrace change rather than resist it.

Smart people don’t usually discuss this acceptance of change openly. But rest assured, they’re ready to adapt when life throws a curveball at them.

So don’t be afraid of change. Embrace it, grow with it, and watch as it takes you to places you never thought possible!

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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