While intelligence can be a lottery based on your genes as well as your upbringing, that doesn’t mean we can’t all become smarter.
I’m sure we all know of people from our childhoods who ended up running successful businesses, when at school they didn’t seem that different from the rest of us.
Sure, education would have played a role, as well as a supportive home environment, but plenty of people have achieved financial success without either of those experiences.
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One of the reasons why this has occurred, apart from ambition and determination, is likely to be that they had hobbies which science has shown can make us smarter.
As well as taking charge of their futures, they dedicated time each day to a hobby that they enjoyed, but which also increased their grey matter along the way.
Here are four hobbies which can do just that:
1. Play an instrument
Children who learn to play an instrument pick it up so easily because of the brain’s agility when we’re young.
It is much harder for adults to master a musical instruction, however, that is why it is such a good hobby to increase our intelligence.
We have to learn new techniques, which are often foreign to us, that teach up patience, perseverance and concentration.
Plus, when we’re able to play a tune or two, we have the added bonus of increasing our memory capacity by listening to music.
2. Read… a lot
Warren Buffett famously spends the majority of each day reading and credits his investment success to this extraordinary habit.
Not only does reading increase our knowledge on a variety of subjects, including your expertise, it also is an excellent way to reduce stress.
Taking time out each day to catch up on the latest news, or to read a fiction novel, is never a bad thing to do.
3. Exercise often
Many ambitious people often say they are “too busy” to exercise, however, it is vital that they do.
Regular exercise will not only ensure they have a healthy body and a healthy brain, but it also reduces tension and helps us to sleep better.
On top of that, research has shown that exercise can increase brain cells and therefore your overall brain capacity and performance.
That’s why the most successful people always prioritise exercise into their days – regardless of where they are.
4. Cook up a storm
It’s easy to fall into cooking the same meals every week because we don’t have to “think” at meal-times.
However, regularly trying out new recipes is a way to supercharge our creativity as well as our ability to multi-task.
As well as teaching us to pay attention to details, cooking different meal recipes often can increase our capacity for quick decision-making as well as our commitment to quality.
As you can see, success is multifaceted and involves much more than intelligence.
Those people who reach the top of their industries as well as achieve financial independence have spent their lives learning.
The secret is that their education can sometimes look like fun in the kitchen preparing for a dinner party or an afternoon spent alone learning to play a new song on their guitar.
Michael Yardney is a director of Metropole Property Strategists, which creates wealth for its clients through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He is a best-selling author, one of Australia's leading experts in wealth creation through property and writes the Property Update blog.
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