A few decades ago, most people believed that there was a simple formula to success; the higher your IQ, the more successful you were.

This turned out to be wrong. Further studies discovered numerous factors that predicted success, including willpower and emotional intelligence (EQ).

These other factors are still under-emphasized to this day.

Here are 10 reasons why intelligent people underperform:

10They Over-Analyze

Intelligence actually works as a stumbling block for social interactions. The smarter you are, the more capable you are to over-prepare and over-analyze.

Dumb people actually have an advantage because they aren’t even aware of the consequences.

They just go in and talk to people. This lets them stay relaxed and confident, which improve their results.

So how do you solve this? Take one piece of social skills advice at a time. Focus on just improving executing on it because it avoids information overwhelm.

“We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap.” – Anthony Hopkins

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