Avoid Believing Your Own Press Reports
Sun Tzu Principle: “The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.”
If you want to be recognised as a platform master, you need to understand the subtle strength of attracting fame without letting it go to your head.
I know what I’m talking about from experience. I’ve been in this speaking game for a really long time. I have fallen prey to the ‘believe your own press reports’ syndrome that I’ve seen so many others fall victim to.
If you aspire to be a platform master, then you will need to have equal parts of a healthy ego and healthy humility.
The healthy ego part is the part that makes us think we can be a platform master. That we do know what to do, what to say, and how we need to say it so we can stand out from the crowds.
The healthy humility part is the part that makes us human; that makes us authentic; that enables us to engage with our audience on a human level – absence of the obscene strutting and ‘fake-it-till-I-make-it’ culture that we have been assaulted with for several decades now.
Part of the reason that it’s a challenge to get the right blend of ego and humility is that…well, we are a bit myopic… by that I mean we don’t know ourselves very well.
Consider this evidence: 93% of us think we are better than average drivers.
The average person thinks she or he is…well, better than average. Turns out, the most incompetent of us are also the most likely to overestimate ourselves, while the MVPs among us tend to underrate ourselves.
Here’s the action-thought of the day… When you start reading and believing your own press reports, try reframing. Remind yourself that you are a platform master, and as such, you serve your audience rather than just yourself. Your audience is the country you are protecting.