….has to be one of the most counter-productive impulses for the ambitious and enterprising person.
Too many otherwise brilliant people would rather fail in the way they understand and believe in, rather than go into they don't understand and be forced to change.
And sure, we all know this as it applies to other people. But here's a big win for you --
What do you have on your plate right now that's important, that you're not expertly skilled in?
Who do you know that's got more skill than you, that would help if you asked them?
Now, go call them.
If you don't know anyone who knows better, ask around and see if you can connect with a friend-of-a-friend.
Better to admit ignorance, and then fix that ignorance, and then win -- than the reverse.
What do you have on your plate right now that’s important, that you’re not expertly skilled in?
Who do you know that’s got more skill than you, that would help if you asked them?
I remember from your cabal and would appreciate if you connected me in. Or something. I sent you an email named Marsh Cabal.
What a strong negative connotation! Judging. Judging things, judging people, being judgmental... these are not pleasant things that polite and civilized people do... right?
But if judging is such a fault, perhaps we should learn what exactly it is. Hmm... I don't know exactly. Maybe Merriam-Webster can enlighten us:
Judge. Transititive verb. "to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises"
Hmm. That's... not what we expected, now is it? Judging is bad. But forming an opinion through careful weighing of evidence and testing premises... that doesn't sound so bad. Hmm.
What does that sound like to me?
At first I was going to title this talking VS doing, but the whole point is that you need both.
I'm sure you've all heard "Don't talk the talk, walk the walk" or some variation of it, point being you need to follow through with your actions. "Actions speak louder than words" too.
And this is true for the most part. But you need both. You can't just rely on the doing, even moreso today than 50 years ago (of course I wasn't around 50 years ago so I could be mistaken).
In the vast majority of cases, a person should follow the traditional advice so they err on the side more doing, less talking. But, if you're smart or productive and have legit value to the world, often the doing isn't enough. In fact, the highly competent people could probably reverse the old sayings and turn out better.