Ah! I remember you.
Olatunji Jesutomisin
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people like that who fuss about and overthink everything end up going through life with that same debilitating inability to pull the trigger when it matters most

Being one of those people cursed throughout life with being too smart for my own good, with its attendant over-thinking, it took me a long time to figure out why it is, that some of the most successful and confident and secure people I have met all along the path, have been people who were not of more than average intelligence.

The people who seem to end up running things and owning things and being in charge of great undertakings, at least in the blue-collar world I have spent my adult life in, are hardly ever people who did well in school or concern themselves overmuch with matters of the intellect such as books or history or the arts or sweeping epic political themes.

Success in the realm of actually getting things done, which is what working-class life is about and little else, seems to come to people who simply master the arts of confidence in their own abilities. And key to this, is a confidence in the oftimes greater capabilities of others. When one is unafraid to lead, to set the capacities of others in motion as if they were tools and resources, one is able to recognize that one need not always or even ever be the smartest person in the room.

More often than not, the ones who are the smartest are too crippled with their own over-thinking and their own tormented drives to hold some idealistic moral code, to be capable of giving leadership at all. Irony of ironies, is that being smartest is often the worst possible trait to bring to leadership, whereas being able to direct and guide and even exploit capabilities in others greater than those in oneself, seems to be the greatest leadership trait of all. And is quite often only possible, in those of only average intellectual acumen in scholarly terms.

Being able to grasp vast equations of complex, real-world scenarios involving utterly human factors is one thing, but an ability to actually solve them, quite another. Leadership, is problem-solving far beyond the merely theoretical or abstract conditions of scholarship, and generally speaking, smart people absolutely suck at it.