Excessive Self-Regard Tendency Bias
Number 10 Of The 25 Cognitive Biases…
We think we’re more skilled, more talented and all-round better than the average man out there.
Examples Of The Excessive Self-Regard Tendency Bias
Michael Jordan was extremely cocky and confident but his coaches continue to say he was the most teachable person they’d ever seen (he listened to the 1% and ignored the 99%).
You must tune out the noise that is the 99% if you want to become successful.
Learn from the 1% – the subject matter experts. Knowledge from them will build your confidence.
Don’t fall victim to American Idol syndrome and become delusional, thinking you’re good at the wrong thing.
You can’t fool people (there’s no A list actor or singer that isn’t extremely good!)
You must do things that no one else is doing while maintaining faith that it’ll pay off in the long run (end game optimism).
Do the work then reward yourself and enjoy your accomplishments – “Pat yourself on the back on Friday, not Monday”
How To Avoid Falling Victim To The Excessive Self-Regard Tendency Bias
Don’t think you’re the best, it takes in excess of 10,000 hours (also known as the ’10 dark years’) to edge your way to mastery.
Be constantly willing to learn from those that’ve walked the path that you’re on (don’t listen to everyone, ensure you’re listening to the right people).
There’s a line between confidence and arrogance, don’t cross it as this is known as tall poppy syndrome (people don’t like this and will cut you down).
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