iSmart & Successful

Learn how 'SMART' people like you can


The world has millions of people who believe that they should be much more successful, given their high intelligence – they are achieving below their potential. Are you one of them?

There are also millions of people who know highly intelligent people who they believe should be more successful in life. They want to help, but don’t know how. Maybe you have an intellectually gifted employee, team member, son, daughter, sibling, spouse, good friend, classmate or colleague who can’t seem to bridge the intelligence-success gap. Do you know one of them?

This book will help you will understand the reasons why it happens, how to bridge that gap, and become more successful. Whether you are reading this for yourself or for another person, you will get many insights and useful answers on how to bridge the intelligence-success gap. It is based on 10 years of research, real data from hundreds of such people, personal experiences and the insights of psychologists. It is rich with data, insights, stories and illustrative examples. It includes recommendations and exercises.

Who is this book for?

This book is for anybody who believes that he/she is achieving below his/her potential. Success has a personal definition for each person.

Initially, I found a large number of these under-achievers among the graduates of top universities – people with demonstrably high IQs, consistently high intellectual achievements, and blue-chip credentials. I then found that there were others in groups of people

– with above-average intelligence – engineers, techies, doctors, lawyers and such

– people in professions who advised individuals and businesses – consultants, financial advisors, lawyers, doctors and such.

– people who are wealthy and heirs in family-owned businesses

– and people who consider themselves ‘smart’.

Below is a list of roles in which people are considered ‘smart’. All of them are susceptible to the ‘smart disease’ which is affected by 18 behavioral factors. Each one of those factors can either enable or disable their greater success. Each factor is discussed in the book in the context of these roles.

 The following is a list of roles in which people are considered ‘smart’ by others or by themselves: 

1. Elite School graduates

2. Leaders

3. MBAs

4. Engineers

5. Techies

6. Scientists

7. Entrepreneurs

8. Doctors

9. Lawyers

10. Financial advisors

11. Consultants

12. Sales People

13. Wealthy Individuals

14. Heirs in Family-owned Businesses

15. People who consider themselves smart






I have worked in the business for over 30 years and reached several highs and lows. I have two master’s degrees, one from MIT, a business degree, an extensive network, knowledge and skills, extensive travel, experiences, and constant learning… and enjoy teaching and mentoring people.

I speak from experience, and tell you ‘what you need to hear’ – fluff-free, straight talk, MIT-style.

Like many of you, I’ve had successes and failures in life. I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on well-known personal development ‘gurus’ (whom you may have paid as well!). I had one significant failure that almost bankrupted me. I’ve spent 10 years introspecting, talking to friends, personal development ‘gurus’, and accomplished people, to figure out why I had failed. Then, it dawned on me… I WAS THE OBSTACLE – I was impeding my own success – because of my ‘silent killers of success’. I set out to identify, understand and ‘eliminate’ them. I then realized that millions of others have many of the same ‘silent killers of success’ – even very intelligent, smart, and successful people.

I reflected, researched and figured out why many ‘smart’ people do not achieve the level of success they expect, or success commensurate with their high intelligence – and how they can become more successful.

I have identified 18 factors that uniquely identify the ‘smart’ people. Each one of the factors can either enable or disable the individual’s greater success. I developed a unique assessment that identified any individual’s enablers and disablers. I have 500+ such individuals who have taken the assessment. I have analyzed the data. I have culled some very useful insights you can use to become more successful. I have put together worksheets and tools for you to leverage your enablers more, and mitigate your disablers.

I then wrote a book – iSmart & SuccessfulThe Playbook for Translating Ambitions into Achievements, and developed the online iSmart & Successful Game that can improve your smartness every time you play the game. I am also launching the iAchiever Podcast, on which you can listen to experts, successful people and  unsuccessful people. 

I am on a mission, and will do more to help more ‘smart’ people become more successful!

MONEY magazine, in a two-page spread, called me “The Comeback Kid”  because I have successfully reinvented myself many times. MIT Sloan listed me as an accomplished alum. I have made (and lost) millions – seen many highs and lows.

 I write and speak from experience, tell you what you ‘need to hear’ fluff-free, MIT-style!




Ram is an amazing thinker.

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

Author, Coach and #1 Leadership Thinker in the world

“Ram is one of the smartest and nicest people I know. He’s superb at conceptualizing new ideas and business models.”

Richard Guha

Former CEO, Alliant Energy

I thoroughly enjoyed the interview with Ram. I had scheduled 20 minutes but continued for over an hour because his questions were so engaging. 

Dr. Ellen Langer

Professor of Psychology, Harvard University & 'Mother of Mindfulness' and expert on mindsets

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