It has been stated that really clever people never win at Scrabble!
I read that it all depends on how you define clever. It is often defined by a specific talent ie: in academia, sport, music, the media etc., but such narrow talents tend to blind observers to an individual's shortcomings. It seems that really truly clever people appear to glide through life as if some unseen power is forging a path for them. They are blessed with three gifts - an inherent instinct for who or what is right or wrong; a natural wisdom (common sense) regarding the world about them; and a kind of peripheral vision which lets them see the whole picture in an instant.