​SMART, ​​but​ ​STUCK

when being brilliant is not good enough...

Do you think you are smart, but stuck?


Do you know someone who seems to be smart, but stuck?


Are you leading or managing a team of smart people and want to make them smarter?

​If yes, you may be interested in what I have to share...

Before we go any further on being smart, but stuck, remember one thing – you are not alone.

I was there. Not once, but many times. I camped in that space for prolonged periods of time before I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I know the feeling. And, I thought I was an exception.

When I talked to the other smart people, I was expecting to hear that they rarely get stuck.

Boy, was I wrong…

Every smart person I met had multiple stories of being smart, but stuck.

In some sense, I was relieved that I was not an exception, but the rule when it came to being smart, but stuck.

In another sense, I was puzzled.

I wanted to find the answer to the question: “Why do smart people get stuck?”

Upon reflecting a bit, I thought I should be able to find a reasonably good answer to the above question in less than six months. I began my research somewhere in 2010. I was enthusiastic about the project. My research in no way was scientific – mainly involved reading and talking to a few hundred super smart people that I was connected to.

Six months passed by.

There was not even a sign of the kind of answer I was looking for.

I was wrong..again.

A few more months passed by.

I came to a hard realization that there was no single answer for the question.

Long story short – I continued my research in my own way – but this time I broke down the problem into more than two dozen small, but important problems.


The questions that I asked included, but not limited to:


​Why smart people don’t take action that they know they should take?


​Why is change hard for smart people?


​Why many smart people can’t get buy-in for their ideas?

I shared my findings along the way – on my own blog and several other media outlets starting 2010. The articles in the series are the most popular among the 1950+ blog posts here. So, I know the message resonates with people.

The last step was to find the right timing to bring this out as a book.

As we head towards singularity, we are experiencing an unprecedented change at a breathtaking speed. If there is no proactive intervention, we all will experience a rude shock in our work and life. More smart people will get more stuck in more ways than ever before.

The book “Smart, but Stuck” is that proactive intervention.

The goal of the book is simple – to take you from being “smart, but stuck” to being “smart and unstuck”

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Rajesh “Raj” Setty is a serial entrepreneur, author and teacher based in Silicon Valley. Raj has co-founded multiple technology and publishing firms since 2000, the latest being Audvisor (www.audvisor.com), a push-button learning platform for professional growth.

Raj has written and published sixteen books the first one being published at the age of thirteen. He maintains a blog (at www.rajeshsetty.com) with close to 2,000 blog posts… Know More


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Watch Free Video Course on how to be 'Smart and Unstuck'!

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