We often talk about aging in terms of decline, both physically and with regard to our cognitive abilities. But there are some specific ways in which we naturally get smarter and more skillful over time.
Think of it as your second wind. Understanding, developing, and practicing these new strengths will be the key to your ongoing success.
We have two main types of intelligence: fluid and crystallized. Your capacity to reason, think flexibly, and tackle fresh challenges is the fluid type. Crystallized intelligence is your ability to use a stock of knowledge learned in the past, combining complex ideas. The latter category is the one that tends to increase with age.
The secret to success is to jump from work that rewards fluid intelligence to work that rewards crystallized intelligence. Learn how with our Instaread on From Strength to Strength.