Socrates. Plato. Aristotle.
Arguably 3 of the top 10 minds in the history of the world. And guess what? They just happened to have a mentor-pupil relationship with each other?!!? What an amazing coincidence!?!?!
Or else learning from those smarter than yourself is the solution to expediting your own educational journey? Let us once and for all reject the notion that "everyone has to learn the hard lessons for themselves" and embrace the idea of starting off from a bigger foundation of wisdom with each successive generation so that we, as a people, can more quickly evolve.
Have you surrounded yourself with people smarter than you? If not, how might you do so?