I enjoyed this article, despite the obvious digs at people who think differently than the author (e.g., "they wear a mask during a pandemic"). Some points to consider:
1. Often competency produces better results than intelligence. I'd rather hire an experienced mechanic to fix my car than someone who is an expert at self-crit.
2. Curiosity is great. So is self-control. I'm happy to work with someone who is curious to the extent that they ask enough questions to be more effective at their job. It's a different matter when a curious person uses your valuable time for free consulting and mentorship without first delivering on expectations, and second acquiring your interest and consent to investing said time.
3. Emotional intelligence is far more powerful than intellectual prowess. In my own life, I am highly skilled at the work that I do, because I skew towards "a big problem is just a bunch of small problems combined." This makes me great at building systems—for other people. I work with a trainer to improve my EQ because the people who hire me have achieved their success often due to their superior "people skills," in which I am lacking.
4. Other than "think quickly on their feet," all of the skills on the list can be learned. An easy level-up according to this model would be to internalize a list of questions to run through whenever you face a challenge, such as:
- What don't I know about the who, what, when, where, why, or how of this situation?
- How would I take this arduous task and break it down into several smaller tasks, and how would I break down each of those tasks?