Video lesson

As humans, overconfidence is one of the biggest cognitive biases we face. So when you’re tackling a problem, be sure to bring a healthy dose of humility.

Reflection questions

  1. Has overconfidence gotten you in trouble in the past? What happened?
  2. Consider an obstacle you’re facing. What strengths do you have that will help you through it?
  3. What knowledge or skills are you missing and how can you fill those gaps?

Exercise: Assess your strengths and weaknesses

Use the chart below to help you assess your strengths and weaknesses.

  1. Start by listing the various skills and know-how that could be helpful in overcoming whatever obstacle you’re facing.
  2. In the next column, rank how important you think that skill or knowledge is for the particular problem you’re dealing with (on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being not all that important and 10 being super important).
  3. In the third column — and this is where the humility and honesty comes in — rank your level of expertise with each skill or knowledge you’ve identified.
  4. In the fourth column, calculate the difference between the two numbers. The bigger the number, the bigger the skill or knowledge gap.
  5. Focus on the bigger numbers and start thinking about practical ways to close the gap. That could be things like how-to videos on YouTube, taking night classes or asking a friend who is good at a particular skill to show you the ropes.

GOAL: _______________

Here’s an example with some of those details filled out.

GOAL: Successfully park all cars at the anniversary party without any damage or complaints.

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