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Why We Get Things Wrong, Predicting the Actions of Others and Buying Daffodils with David Dunning

Updated on October 23
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Key Smash Notes In This Episode

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Incompetent people lack the expertise to recognize that they are incompetent. We can observe this in other people, but it is very hard to see it in one self. We might think we are doing great at something, while in fact be doing it quite poorly.

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According to Adam and David, only by realizing that you are not good at something will you be able to ask question and improve, in order to get better. It's the people who have no awareness of how poorly they are performing are the people who will not improve.

You become the master of something the day you realize that you have to be a life-long student of it.

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