Competing with the "Big Guys"

Competing with the "Big Guys"

By Don Terrill (c) -

This will go against how society has taught us to think, but I believe it's dangerous to assume someone else is better or smarter just because of their position or title. I'll even go one step further and say it's dangerous to think that way about anyone, at anytime, on any topic.

Use this as your default until you see proof to think otherwise.

Cornell University Findings:
Top performers tended to underestimate their own performance compared to their peers. The researchers found that those participants fell prey to the false-consensus effect, a phenomenon where one assumes that one's peers are performing at least as well as oneself when given no evidence to the contrary.
Not only that, but we overweight certain evidence, like seeing Nascar crew members on TV and assuming they're the best of the best - From my experience, only 20% of them actually deserve to be there.

Here is a litmus test for deciding if you can move to the next level of racing and compete with the "Big Guys": Are you winning at your current level? Yes? You're ready!

Then, just keep moving up until you prove the Peter Principle. (Which I probably did by writing this article)

Want to find your level of incompetence in a hurry? Try the Leapfrog Theory.

Now for the other side of the coin: Cornell not only discovered that top performers underestimated their ability, but that bottom performers overestimated theirs. Yep, I'm sure we all know a "few" of these.

  • Question all of your assumptions about the competition - because many are unfounded.
  • If you've won at your current level, create a plan to move up - it's time.
photo by suddencomfort2

Want to send off a nasty email about how wrong I am? Well, first read this and then write your own article.