4 Ways Self-Bias is Derailing Your Career

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Take this short test.

On a scale of 1-10 (1 = I’m the worst; 5 = I’m average; and 10 = I’m the best) rate yourself on the following skills:

  • Pure Intelligence
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Athleticism
  • Musical Talent
  • Introspection
  • Kindness
  • Wisdom
  • Hard Working

My guess is most of your scores are above a 5. How do I know? Because when it comes to taking this quiz, you’re average. Most people rate themselves “above average” on a list like this. It’s called “self-bias” and it’s a survival instinct wired into our brains…and it’s likely hurting your career.

Self-Bias Both Helps and Hurts Us

By definition, most of us can’t be “above average”. A true average has as many people above 5 as below and most grouped between 4-6. But the majority of us don’t see ourselves that way, despite facts to the contrary.

This cognitive bias is quite a hopeful and optimistic mindset. It helps us overcome obstacles and be happier. After all, ignorance can be bliss.

However, when it comes to our professional lives, self-bias can have long-term negative impacts. Here are some warning signs and how to avoid them.

> Read the full article here (links to Inc. Magazine  – “4 Ways Self-Bias is Derailing Your Career”)

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> Read the full article here (links to Inc. Magazine  – “4 Ways Self-Bias is Derailing Your Career”)

 

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