What do you need to know?
And what don't you?
Most Helpful Girl
To me, "smart" means...
• Being able to apprehend the world with a sharp eye, both for details and for larger patterns
• Problem spotting & problem solving
• Being able to see things from a diversity of different angles (including, but not limited to, empathy)
• Reading people's feelings, intentions, inhibitions, priorities, and core values from brief interactions with them
• Being able to get along well with many different kinds of people -- and being able to get those people on board with one's goals, even when their personalities aren't necessarily "highly compatible"
• Being able to examine and change faulty assumptions in one's thinking
• Being able to look objectively at what one is doing and see what's working and what isn't, and efficiently change the things that aren't working
Those are the first few things that come to mind.2
Most Helpful Guy
Hard to say.
Like, someone who specializes in Mathematics would most likely crush a Forensic Scientist when it comes to logistics, but the Forensic Scientist would crush the Mathematician in observation and deductive reasoning, yet both would most likely loose to a philosophical debate with a Monk.
There's different types of intelligence, but I suppose just how far you've traveled on your perspective road, I suppose that's the closest we can get to giving it some form of measurement and the label of "smart," at least in the respective fields the person displays.0