Over the years, I have noticed a curious thing. The smartest people are rarely the most successful people. The most successful people I’ve encountered are generally smart and conversational, but not brilliant. You only have to be smart “enough.” Once you pass a certain threshold, success is no longer defined by intelligence. Instead, it’s a confluence of other skills and abilities, such as emotional intelligence, coachability, continuous improvement/learning, and luck among other things.
Rest assured that you don’t have to be the most brilliant person in the room. And you are certainly smart enough to do anything you put your mind to. So don’t limit your ambition and build the future you want to see in the world.