Both of my girls have settled into school now and both finding their way in their new surroundings. It is interesting to see new friendships being made and how once upon a time my eldest daughter wanted to be known for being the best in her class but now is just as interested in being cool.
We all have some friends that are confident, sassy, composed as well as friendly. Such people come under the “cool” category but it seems that every pre-teen wants to follow the trends that can make them look like the coolest person on earth. Let's be honest though, you are a cool person if you are happy with the things you have and are confident as well as optimistic. You don’t have to go through detailed books to learn the characteristics of a cool person. It’s the small things that can make you look cool.
Being yourself is enough to make you the centre of attraction. A cool person never hesitates while expressing his or her views. It seems that you are considered a cool person if you pay no heed to people’s opinion about you.
Being social is a quality not everyone is born with. However, most people develop their social skills with time. A cool person tends to make new friends and are more forgiving. People love being with them most of the time.
Humour and a cool person go side by side. A cool person knows how to break the ice or ease the tensed situation. They can even look cool when they joke about the bad things that happened to them.
So ...... Cool v Clever?
Being clever is a quality that enables you to turn the things around and it isn't always about getting top marks in a maths test. One of the main characteristics of being clever is the ability to think creatively. Cleverness makes you capable of analysing the situations and acting accordingly. It is a driving force that helps you solve problems more quickly.
A clever person usually speaks after listening to others. They are clever because they evaluate others opinions before giving their own. They have the capability to analyse the aspects of discussion.
A person that knows the tactics to solve a problem is no doubt a clever person. He or she usually follow the simple and clever solutions to sort out an issue.
You usually find that that clever people are generally positive, and that’s what stimulates the confidence in them.
Can you be both cool and clever?
Most people think that being cool and clever require two different versions of a personality that cannot be merged. Each possess their own characteristics and personally I am a firm believer in that you can be cool AND clever at the same time.
In the end, I will be teaching my girls that you can create the same uber cool and expensive MAC mascara look with the more cost effective Maybelline version but the cool and clever girl will have enough money left over to buy herself a book too!