My grandpa used to say to me, "do you know why the people on Jeopardy are smart?". His answer, "because they read books".
He'd tell me this once a week because he never remembered he already told me.
I don't read many books. I want to, but never do. When I do read books, I read slow. Few pages at a time, then I close the book to think about what I read. When I read fast, I always day dream away out of the book about something else rather then the material. I never read good in school either, or at least when it came to literature, or novels. I was always behind, missing the story line and never knew anything about the characters.
When required to learn a second language in college to graduate, I did terrible. I barely can grasp my own native language let alone another.
In conclusion, I don't think I am very smart, but my dad says I wouldn't have my job if I wasn't (he didn't go to college nor does he understand computers). My wife says that I am smart at what I do for a living, but otherwise lack most common sense. My friend is a teacher and believes he is degrees smarter than me, but makes a lot less money than me. If this were true, wouldn't he know how to make more money and apply his intelligence there?
I think there are that many more people less smart than me that makes me appear smart, but again, I am not that smart at all.