You might have heard of the Dunning-Kruger Effect, and if you haven’t you still probably experienced their findings on the relationship of Confidence to Experience. What they show is it’s a rocket like climb to the height of confidence when we begin something and no nothing. And then confidence begins to slide down as we learn more and more that we know less and less than we thought. At this point we fake it till we make it. The good news is with learning comes confidence and the line begins to move upward at a healthy pace, until it levels out at humility. This is where the person is sincere about knowing what they know, and humble enough to admit they don’t know what they don’t know.
In January 1989 I was confident. I don’t recall if I ever felt like I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Surely that was not a healthy belief. With learning came competence. The education came in a lifetime of teaching. Some of the real estate business was easy to comprehend, and some required that I pay the price of education. Tuition is paid in many forms. The lessons I most value are the ones I didn’t sign up for but received at costs which might have been more than money. These are the lessons which humbled me.
Thirty years have come and gone. I’m still here. People who appreciate competence along with confidence look to me for real estate service and direction. My career has been one of negotiating, questioning, challenging, learning, and teaching. Today I may be the most valuable resource I’ve ever been to have on your side.
This blog was started in part to give people an idea of who I am by what I believe and what I comprehend. If you like what you’re reading you are free to use it. If you think you may be in good hands working with me, let me know. I’m taking new clients.