Who was the smartest person you ever met?

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How did you know? What made him or her standout compare to the rest of the pack. I guess what defines "smart" is a whole nother discussion.

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Jul 3, 2019

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Jul 3, 2019
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My boss. The fact that he actually understands economics better than the Fed was the reason.

You work for the President?

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Jul 3, 2019

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Jul 3, 2019

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Jul 4, 2019

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 3, 2019

Not sure how I can really tell who is definitively smarter.

I've spoken with Mark Cuban and met one of the creators of YouTube though. I'm sure they're up there.

Jul 3, 2019

Kid I went to high school with. Perfect score on SAT, went to MIT and proceeded to get a 4.0 in mechanical engineering (one of a handful in the program's history from my understanding). Got his MS/PhD in 4 years then started a robotics company. Just absolutely brilliant but was a varsity athlete/all around good dude. Just God given gifted.

Maybe I led you to believe that this was a God given gift and not something I worked for, every single day of my life.

Jul 3, 2019

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Jul 3, 2019

During university I attended a lecture by Roger Penrose, a mathematical physicist, and I couldn't understand a fucking word he said. Just blown away by the level that he and his contemporaries existed on and thought about on a casual basis. Previously being a typical arrogant university student, I thought I could reason through anything with enough effort, but that lecture humbled me in a big way.
I think everyone should have such a humbling experience at some point in their lives to reset their calibration. Especially high-flyers. Should try to surround yourself with people that you aspire to be like.

Jul 3, 2019

depends on what you call "smart"

one of the "smartest" guys i know made a million by 25 then quit to chase a new market in the same field and ended up being one of the youngest NFL owners at 31...

smart + vision + risk taker = "smart" in my book

Jul 3, 2019

Bill Chen at Susquehanna

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Jul 3, 2019

Donald J Trump

Jul 3, 2019
Cornhuskers:

Donald J Trump

When did you meet the Donald

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 3, 2019

I hope it was 1980s DJT

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 8, 2019

because all smart people go around telling people what a big brain he has but uses 5th grade vocab

Jul 4, 2019

Probably my great uncle. He knew how to live life and what life means: service to others. He also taught and had an advanced degree from Columbia.

To be smart in this life is less related to money in my opinion as our decisions in this life affect our eternal life. Most people generally agree that there are repercussions for what we do - ie there will be affects in the next life, whatever that is.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 4, 2019

Guy from undergrad that transferred to us from Econ to Engineering. Got A in almost every single class, both during undergrad and grad school. He was awarded best (Masters) thesis, too. From there he joined a FAANG company, went back to school for his Ph.D in Machine Learning at CMU, and then joined a ML lab doing cutting edge work.

He was lucky with timing, as this was just around the time Deep Learning started taking off.

Guy was 100% down to earth. Humble dude that loved to help others, and was a pretty good teacher at that. But it was obvious to everyone that he was miles ahead the rest - just a solid combination of intelligence, work ethics, and passion.

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Jul 8, 2019
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