One of my biggest fears in life is to think I’m better at something than I actually am.
And as it turns out, that very same false state of mind is a pretty common thing in the world.
Here is a bit more about that:
Many of us are not aware of our optimistic tendencies.… Data clearly shows that most people overestimate their prospects for professional achievement; expect their children to be extraordinarily gifted; miscalculate their likely life span; expect to be healthier than their peers; hugely underestimate their likelihood of divorce, cancer, and unemployment; and are confident overall that their future lives will be better than those their parents put up with. This is known as the optimism bias—the inclination to overestimate the likelihood of encountering positive events in the future and to underestimate the likelihood of experiencing negative events.
—The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain (Tali Sharot)
Most people I encounter who don’t do very much with their lives preach about how great it can be one day in the future. Most people who share motivational memes all the time don’t actually DO positive stuff, they just think and dream about positive stuff.— Read More…