Ugggghhh, one of the most #annoying memes in social media in the last few years has been the preponderance of lucky people telling us how humbled they feel by their good fortune.
A related phenomenon, the humblebrag, a term (and book) coined by the hilarious comedy writer, Harris Wittels, gets at largely the same idea: people just “can’t even” wrap their heads around their good luck and they let others know about this through their false modesty.
Bullshit plain and simple. No one who is #humbled is humbled. They simply believe their own hype.
But according to research done at the Harvard Business School, if you’re really looking to impress people with how smart you are, the way to do it is not by touting your accomplishments. It’s by asking questions.
New York Magazine’s “The Science of Us,” has a great little piece on the subject. So if you’re hoping to learn how to sound truly smart, check it out.