I’m sure you’ve heard the quote from Bertrand Russell: “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” The solution is actually pretty simple, and Aristotle got it right when he said: “Know thyself.” But sadly, few people have explored the possibility.
I’ve written before about the fact that lately, I’ve been confronted with enormous numbers of people in denial. People convinced they are gifted and talented, when the truth is, they’re the only people impressed with their work. Control freaks, who deny it. People with anger issues who refuse to believe it.
When I meet someone for the first time, the first question I usually ask is “What are you really good at doing?” It’s amazing how few people can answer that question.
Find a niche or skill that you can be the best in the world at, and pursue it with everything you’ve got. This post by Alan Bellows captures the spirit of the problem. Unskilled and Unaware of It. Check it out, and begin a rigorous program of evaluating your gifts, talents, and abilities. In a world of posers, people who have an accurate picture of who they are and where they’re going will be more valuable than ever before…