Those things you’re bad at? You’re not nearly as bad at them as you may fear.
And those things you’re great at? You’re probably not nearly as good as you hope.
We beat ourselves up a lot, but often focus on the wrong areas, avoiding the soft spots and doubling down on the places where we are well-armored.
Mirrors are a fairly new invention. For millennia, we had little idea what we looked like. And only in the last two generations have people had any clue about what they sounded like. Today, even though we’re surrounded by sound, video and light reflecting on us—not to mention comments and the social media maelstrom—we’re still quite bad at self-judgment.
You’re better than you think you are.