If you’re the smartest person in the room—you’re in the wrong room.
You’ve probably heard most people consider themselves better than average drivers. As a gearhead, you know most people aren’t drivers at all—they’re just vehicle operators with zero interest in actually driving—so it’s a next level bullshit claim, right?
I recently read a survey suggesting 65% of Americans think they’re smarter than average. This is impossible. If most people are smarter, than the average is higher—which means they’re actually average., The question was a bit broad, but there’s a clue here to unlocking the rat race.
- Why do you think most people think they’re smarter than average?
- How much of those beliefs are driven by internal versus external factors?
- What could they do to spot their false confidence and remove bullshit from their lives?
I know I’m getting a bit Socratic with this one, but what advice would you give people who think they’re smarter or better than they really are—but want to cut through the BS and come back to reality?