Embracing below average

We all like to assume we’re above average.
We can never really know that’s true for most things.
We don’t have the information on how else is doing, and even if we did, we probably wouldn’t be able to agree on the measures anyway.

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Instead of assuming I’m above average, I’m trying on assuming I’m below average.
Due to the laws of probability, it’s just as likely to be true.

And I’ve already tried assuming the other way. I know how that’s useful (confidence) and how that’s limited (unrealistic expectations).

So how might this be useful?
I’ve found that I’m more willing to ask questions, I’m more comfortable with not knowing, and I find I’ve moved more towards my interests rather than what comes easy quickly.

As a kid I was rewarded for what I was good at, so anything I wasn’t good at immediately, I kind of left behind.
Now as an adult I have the chance to become good at things that might take me a while.

After all, for most things we can learn our way to above average if we have the desire and commitment to.

So while it might not be something you wear all the time, maybe try on assuming you’re below average and see how it feels.

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