Kicking your own butt…


Whenever someone says “I’m not book smart, but I’m street smart”, all I hear is “I’m not real smart, but I’m imaginary smart”.

Did you ever see “Liar, Liar” with Jim Carrey? There is one scene where he is trying to get out of going into court because he can’t lie. Since he can’t lie, there is no way he can represent his client. So, he goes into the bathroom and starts to beat himself up. He runs into the wall, slams the trash can on himself, beats his head on the urinal, and tears himself up pretty good.

In the middle of the scene, someone comes in and asks him what he is doing. He replies: “I’m kicking my ass!”

It is a pretty funny scene, but poignant as well. The quote above brought it to mind. There are two parts of the quote, and both have a lot to say about human nature.

The first is “I’m not book smart, I’m street smart.” Isn’t that someone kicking their own ass? You bet it is. We are our own worst critics. We just don’t want others to give us grief, so we give it to ourselves.

The second part is the reaction to the first. If you tell yourself that you aren’t that smart, what are you telling everyone else? Of course, you are telling everyone what you believe yourself to be.

So, how’s that working out for you?

Self deprecation is one thing, running yourself down is entirely different. That is why the book my colleagues and I wrote is called “Selling for Geniuses”. The co-authors got tired of being called “dummies” whenever we didn’t know about something.

Take the time to think about all of the things you tell yourself. Do they expand your possibilities or do they limit what you do? Do they drive you to achievement or give you excuses?


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