Confidence and Smart People


Read this post by apenwarr on The Curse of Smart People.

This resonates with what I’ve seen:

Smart people have a problem, especially (although not only) when you put them in large groups. That problem is an ability to convincingly rationalize nearly anything.

It’s timely for me, because one of the main things I’m looking for in my life at the moment is interaction with RSPs (really smart people).

I think most techies suffer from a form of Impostor Syndrome, some more so than others. However, whilst in my fantasy moments I like to think that I lack confidence in my abilities, one of my greatest fears is that I’m actually suffering from the first part of the Dunning Kruger effect …

(via Gruber)

UPDATE: I’d hate to be someone who does this kind of shit (I love Sarah Cooper).

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