Visionaries and deep thinkers have walked the earth since the beginning of recorded time. Their guiding principles concerned evolution of consciousness toward wisdom. Increasing wisdom consciousness defeats the abstract societal label known as "average". Simply stated, we are all born with potential to become smart people.
Smart people are generally great achievers, successful in business and family, and positive of mind. They have trained themselves to squeeze every drop of brain juice within, to make manifest their unique gifts and talents without.
In no particular order, let's explore examples of smart people, some living and others dearly departed. People who realized their success mind through brain training, to rise above average. Consider this our little gallery to pay tribute to these and millions of other people, who saved lives, built fortune 500 companies and made their eternal mark on earth.
1. Lao Tzu – wrote the Tao Te Ching, which has been translated more than any book, excepting the Bible. He penned the tiny volume of 5000 words originally as a handbook for Chinese leaders. Many smart people today walk the Tao path, seeking to live authentically, according to their true character.
According to Lao Tzu, peace is an inside job. When we find our inner-peace, we are freed-up to detach from problems; to discover solutions. Alternately, the Tao leads outward to promote successful action. The Tao teaches that the whole of life is a process.
It is said that once you become mesmerized with the Tao Te Ching it becomes "your" book. Its essence will soak into your soul. Lao Tzu, a man of profound vision, studied the mystery of creation and left the world 5000 words of his incredible wisdom.
2. Steven Paul Jobs – from unwanted child to entrepreneur, his fingerprints are indelibly stamped in time, as a technological genius.
When the biological parents gave their infant up for adoption, Paul and Clara Jobs adopted Steve. When Steve was a young boy, his adoptive father taught him to dismantle and reassemble electronics. This "hobby" acted as a valuable brain-stretcher, in areas of mechanical ability, patience and perseverance, which would serve Steve tremendously in later years.
Jobs, a super-intelligent overachiever, expressed early disappointment with mainstream schools. Although he completed high school, Steve dropped out of college, following the first semester.
In 1974, he traveled to India to seek spiritual enlightenment, where he resided in an Ashram to become a Zen Buddhist.
In 1976, Steve and a longtime friend, Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer in a garage. They manifested their original goal by creating an inexpensive personal computer that people could easily learn to use.
During his tenure as CEO of Apple, Steve was praised as an engaging leader, consciously aware of each employee and every aspect of the company's operation. Jobs never ask more of his team than he was willing to give, often...