WHAT WE THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT.
When my older brother was teaching at Cal State Northridgeâ€¦back in the 20th centuryâ€¦he had an office mate who was famous for his Kentucky wisdom. One thing he said a lot was, â€œIf you want someone to think youâ€™re smart, tell them you think theyâ€™re smart.â€
When I first heard it, I thought it was just an ism from a glad-hander. But over the years, Iâ€™ve seen it work. And work. And work.
And, thereâ€™s a flip side. If you know youâ€™re going to have to come up with a plausible support for the claim that somebody is smart, you start looking for reasons why people are smart. Before you know it, you start to think highly of those around you, as you begin to observe all the smart things they say and do.
Now, I donâ€™t know everyone who will read this post. But I do know that youâ€™re smart. I can be sure of this based on your reading habits.