“I’ve got this nailed.” and how you can get undone by being too confident.
New research at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business shows that unrealistic expectations of acing an exam, an interview or a pitch often result in shocking failure. Telling yourself that you’re awesome can psychologically undermine your efforts by planting the idea that you don’t have to try too hard. The best performers are those who have justifiable confidence. They use reality checks to ask themselves where they might be wrong or need to improve. Even Jeff Bezos reckoned that Amazon had a 70% chance of failing. If you really believe you’re awesome, pretend for a while that you’re not and work a little harder.
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