Two Ways Their Ignorance is Your Runway to Success

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If you spend all of your time listening to others, you might think, with everything they have to say, they know everything.

Let me clue you into something,

Just because someone speaks confidently and without ceasing, it doesn’t mean they have a monopoly on the world’s intelligence.

It does mean they have a tremendous amount of confidence and love to talk.

Before you think I’m being overly critical, I must raise my hand because I am one of these people.

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One could say, it takes one to know one.

A large % of the people you’ll meet, think they know everything about the world or at least everything about their bailiwick. The blue circle below represents how they see themselves.

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You really can’t fault these people. Their knowledge is limited to their limited experience. They don’t know what they don’t know.

The blue section of the pie chart below is a more accurate representation of their knowledge of this world.

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What do I do with this info?

Don’t Let Others’ Opinions Impact Your Self-Image.

My fourth boss said I shouldn’t be in the business world.

Given how I was ultimately promoted 3 times and my salary tripled over 24 years, this boss obviously didn’t know as much as she thought she did.

Look for Opportunities to Make A Name For Yourself

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While we always want to do everything our boss asks of us and do it excellently,

We can make a name for ourselves by doing what our boss’s never thought of.

When a new ERP system was implemented at my employer and training wasn’t budgeted, I created a three day training class.

When I joined a new division and the product managers had no way to measure the success of their products, I created a new reporting system.

When I suspected products weren’t implemented correctly in our sales system, I audited products and found 7.2M in unrecognized revenue.

How about you?

You CAN make a name for yourself

I hope this post has blessed and encouraged you.  🙂


Clark Finnical is the author of 

 Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there)

LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level , 

 12 Lies Told To Job Seekers,

 How to Stand Out: From All of the Other Candidates

What No One Told You About Job Titles and Your Job Search  

The Job Loss Mind Game: What Really Happened And What You Need to Do Now


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Third Photo by Clker-Free-Vector-Images, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

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