To Learn, Stop Believing Everything You Think

Tim Rahschulte, Chief Learning Officer, Jun 26, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a really good piece of advice that, so far as I know, doesn't show up in a traditional educational curriculum anywhere. The advice is simple: don't believe everything you think. That voice inside your head sometimes lies, sometimes fools itself, and is sometimes simply wrong. This article talks about overconfidence bias but the lesson applies to underconfidence as well - that voice may be saying you can't do it, but that voice could be wrong. That voice could be saying other people are so much better than you, but that voice doesn't know any more than you do. When you think something - think again. Subject your own thoughts to a sober second opinion. Trust yourself - but verify.

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