Sacha | Thoughts
1 min readSep 4, 2021

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Great article. I got two masters degrees in my early twenties because, having been a single teenage mum and faced a disproportionate lack of respect for who I am and my knowledge / intelligence, I wanted something to point to, to be able to use as evidence that I know what I’m talking about / I’m smart. More than a dozen years later, I know that these are a facade. My intelligence / knowledge in those subject areas and others has been built 100 fold since I got them.

Intelligence is constantly learning, building, problem solving and seeking out knowledge. It’s doing the hard yards of personal development every day and while backing your own knowledge, also being able to recognise that you’ll never know it all; that there will always be other perspectives and ideas to engage with. Understanding that intelligence is a process, not an end in itself is part of this.

People point to those degrees as if they are the source of my intelligence / indicate expertise. Yet I know I have built so much more since getting them.

In the game of trying to prove we’re the “smartest person in the room” (as you put it) by using all sorts of false methodologies to evidence this, our egos stand in the way of real knowledge development, problem solving and progression.

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Sacha | Thoughts

Sociologist and writer focused on analysing societal power dynamics and promoting positive social change