People tend to be driven or inspired by one of four modalities of decision-making and self-awareness. You could be driven by heart; you could be driven by smarts; you could be driven by guts, or luck.
In terms of the smarts-dominant trait, these are really people that are not necessarily book smart.
What you need in terms of smarts is great pattern recognition. Pattern recognition is how we define smarts in our research that we did at Heart, Smarts, Guts & Luck, and you can test for your quality of smarts at http://www.HSGL.com
Consider someone like Warren Buffett. Think about where Buffett makes his money. He takes it to very simple principles of good business modeling and good people. And he talks a lot about codifying his decision-making and really great smart driven people and really great successful entrepreneurs in general have that self-awareness to write down the reasons that they’re making a decision and go back and reflect on it.
The Difference Between Business Smarts and Book Smarts