The Dunning–Kruger effect
is a hypothetical cognitive bias
stating that people with low ability at a task overestimate their own ability, and that people with high ability at a task underestimate their own ability.
After I wrapped my arm and put every one of my daughter’s My Little Pony bandaids all over me (as my wife ran out to the store to get some “Big Boy” ones), I quickly found TONs of Reddit posts talking about the low battery nose dives. I got just a tiny little bit upset thinking I should have known this before I got on. Alright, I was PISSED. I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS. I AM AN IDIOT. WHY DIDN’T I KNOW THIS. CRAP, SO STUPID. I could have avoided this road rash, palm bruises, a massive gash on my arm - is that bone I see? It took a while for me to stop and give myself some patience and remember I started a newsletter about failing and failing better; how failing is part of learning. I then again proceeded to berate myself 🤦♂️.
Here is the thing… I am an idiot, and I accept that. But not for not knowing about the OneWheel “issue.” For every
month day hour, remember to have some self-love, patience, and understanding that failure is often a good thing.
We are remarkably forgiving of others. I wonder if this is because, for others, we see their experiencing failure and acknowledge it as part of the journey since we are further along the knowledge path (Dunning-Kruger Effect) and recognize that it is typical to fail, heck, expected. We are kind to others because we understand there is so much more to know.
That could be overthinking it and we simply like being a jerk to ourselves. I feel I have learned this lesson of “Be kind to yourself” every month since elementary school, yet decades later I still need reminders every so often.
I hope this email is a reminder to cut yourself some slack, you are learning and learning to fail better.
Love yourself and hack on,