When Are We Too Confident to Learn?
by Kate Nasser |
Confidence keeps many feeling safe, grounded, and secure. Even the phrase lack of confidence paints a negative picture.
Followers want confident leaders else they don’t follow. Employers want confident job applicants else they worry about performance. Customers want confident consultants so they can trust in their advice. Patients want confident doctors to keep them alive. People need to feel self-confident to face whatever life presents.
Perhaps this emotional dependency on confidence is where overconfidence plants its evil roots. Admitting lack of knowledge is a momentary gap in confidence. Many can handle these brief hiccups and the learning fuels additional confidence.
Others find these confidence hiccups terrifying and paralyzing. Overconfidence takes over and learning stops.
When are we too confident to learn?
When people’s opinions of us mean more than learning?
When we fear what we might learn?
When we are basking in the high of feeling confident?
Even for those of us who revel in learning, there can be one moment, one day, one situation when we freeze and stop learning. Anticipating those moments gives us cognitive power to re-ignite learning. It affects teamwork, customer service, sales, leadership, our career success, and personal life.
What do you think: When are we too confident to learn?
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach, takes people from inspiration to action for outstanding results in teamwork, customer service, sales, and leading change. Workshops, keynotes, consultations, and coaching.