Admit it, you don’t know

Ever heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect? 

This is the proposition that truly stupid people are too stupid to know how stupid they are.

Unconscious ignorance, if you like.

A much higher level of awareness is a common trait in hugely intelligent people.

They ALWAYS accept their limitations, and how little they – or anybody else – really understands about almost everything.

So here are some hacks to help you navigate all this: 

  • Continually and honestly calibrate the extent of your capabilities
  • If someone else can do part of your work better than you, let them
  • Accept that you can’t be good at everything, and that you shouldn’t even try
  • Don’t make overblown claims about what you know, and how you can help people
  • Give others credit, free from envy, when they display competence and skills beyond your own

The smartest thing I ever did was accepting how dumb I really am. 


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