As a kid, I used to think that I was smarter than most people, mainly due to my excellent scores on national standardized tests. I rarely felt dumb or stupid.
As an adult, I’ve had the privilege to meet incredibly brilliant people, who have done incredibly brilliant things. I’ve met people much smarter, wiser, knowledgeable people than me.
Yet I still rarely feel dumb or stupid.
I realize now that it wasn’t because I was exceptionally smart that I didn’t feel dumb or stupid in school. It’s the same reason why I don’t feel dumb or stupid now.
It’s because I try to hold a posture of curiosity – learning new things is enjoyable to me.
How might you try to be more curious today? How might that reframe how you think about yourself?