Do you have a new business you’re trying to create or a new opportunity at work you’re not sure you can handle? The reason for your lack of confidence may be because you’re too smart. Really!
You would think that the people who are the most capable of doing something would be the most confident in their ability to do it, but due to one of the universes most twisted irony’s, you’d be wrong.
It’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect, and it states that those who are less intelligent, are actually very confident in their ability to do things, because they don’t know well enough to know they aren’t capable. On the flip side, very intelligent individuals are likely to underestimate their abilities and write-off the the things they are able to do easily as things that are easy for everyone.
As David Dunning states, “The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.”
So next time you’re feeling unconfident in you abilities, know it may just be that you’re too smart….and go for it.
“Fortune befriends the bold” – Emily Dickinson
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such an interesting concept! thank you for sharing!
Stephanie Whitman says
Whoa this blew my mind! I had never thought about it that way before, but it helps me to feel a little bit better when I’m lacking confidence in my work. Thanks for sharing!
Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com
Haha I love this concept! I’m not the most confident person, so I’m all about this! Haha
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Nina - the HSS feed says
This is a very interesting concept and I think it’s very true and easy to see in real life
Maggie Kern says
haha I definitely enjoyed reading this! Explains so many things these days!
This is so interesting. However, I would categorize myself as confident but now I’m not sure that’s a good thing!
The Mich Mix says
Such a great post! Love to train my brain to think in new ways! Great read!
Angelle Marix says
This is very interesting. I love the quote. So good.
this is such an interesting thought. It makes a lot of sense when put like that!
Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com
I love this! It definitely gives you something to think about.