Owning It

Friday, May 23, 2014

This past Spring, I worked with an orphan home in Kenya. One of my favorite things about the kids I spent time with is the way they accepted compliments.

"You're really smart." I know.

"You're really good at XYZ, did you know that?" Yes.

No hubris, just matter-of-fact confidence.

This weird, mostly American, practice of downplaying intelligence or talents in the hope it will make us somehow more relatable is damaging on so many levels and truly holds us back.

If you're not smart, why I am paying to hear you speak?

If you're not innovative, why did I hire you to produce my event?

If you're not going to make me think, why did I bring you on as a consultant?

There's a fine line between ego and confidence, but owning your gifts and talents is the only way you're going to change the world.

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