Presentation vs content

Your confidence in your ability to make decisions should reflect how good you are at making decisions! – the ‘presentation’ should reflect the ‘content’. How good you have been historically at making decisions should inform the ‘courage of your convictions’. As you make more decisions and test yourself in the real world you learn how good your decision-making is.

But people often over or underestimate their decision-making skills – some people’s confidence is greater than their ability, and with others their decision-making is better than they give themselves credit for (n.b. the introverted).

Those who overestimate their abilities need to be reined in (it is unlikely they will rein themselves in); those who underestimate their decision-making need to get over themselves.

Published by Peter Runkel

Being quite reserved, I have always been interested in those people at the other end of the spectrum - the ones with an unswerving self-belief, sometimes apparently quite out of proportion to their abilities. I wanted to be like them - their lives seemed so much easier by comparison. Now, having thought about it, I’m not so sure I do. I think they have also got it wrong, just in the equal and opposite way. And it's actually about finding some sort of balance.

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