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The bad news (and some good news)
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t was on the eve of my birthday, while sitting in rush
hour traf ic, that an NPR segment gave me the really
bad news: My professional decline has already started.
The interviewee, social scientist Arthur C. Brooks,
was discussing his personal research project, which
culminated in part with an article in the July issue of
The Atlantic titled "Your Professional Decline Is Coming
(Much) Sooner than You Think."
Brooks's research identi ied two kinds of intelligence:
luid and crystallized. Fluid intelligence is raw intellectual
horsepower-the ability to igure out stuff fast. Young
innovators have lots of this. Although the timing varies
by industry, this kind of intelligence inevitably declines.
The good news is that as we age, we develop
crystallized intelligence-a sort of library in our brain
that forms connections between our accumulated
knowledge and experiences.
"Here's the trick," Brooks said. "You've got to stop being
an innovator and start being an instructor. An instructor
is somebody who uses crystallized intelligence, who
synthesizes ideas and expresses them in new and
interesting ways that people can understand-that
enriches other people."
This issue of InTents highlights the best of both the
luid and crystallized intelligence in the tent and event
rental industry. For the irst time, we are honoring young
people who are bringing fresh approaches to tent and
event rental. On the other end of the spectrum, industry
veterans offer their expertise on subjects including
staking, ballasting and basic power for tented events.
If you know a young professional we should highlight
in 2020, nominate them by contacting me-the future of
the industry rests on their luid intelligence.

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Jill C. Lafferty, Senior Editor
jclafferty@ifai.com

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