Is it better to be good at what you do or to have others think that you are good at what you do?

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

A client asked me this question recently. At first, I thought the answer was obvious. In my head, it was better to be good at what you did? Otherwise, there would be an integrity issue, right?

However, the more I thought about it, the less clear-cut my answer became. This led to more questions. For example:

  • What if you are good at what you do but you don’t think you are?

  • What if you aren’t as good as you think you are, but others think you are good at it? Does that make it all OK?

  • What if you are amazing at what you do but no one knows about it?

It was a great question. It also led into a second one which is given the above, on which area should you apply the most focus?

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