About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! Next will be the bestseller "Losing My Religions." Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from more nonprofits than there is room to list here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA to impress Carl Sagan. His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED} He lives in Tucson with Anne and no dogs, no cats, and no African tortoises (although he cares for all of these).

Monday, April 5, 2021

Confidence vs Competence, and other insights

A while back, I read an article about how people who project confidence get ahead more than people who are quietly competent. I recently had the chance to experience that once again. It isn't exactly the same as extroversion vs introversion, but there is an element of that going on.

Similarly, in the past three years, I've been a part of several social circles focused around someone who is very good at making you think that you really matter to them, when in reality, they would throw you under the bus to get ahead. Just because someone is super-friendly doesn't mean they'll help you out. Lesson to take, IMO: it is entirely possible to like someone and not trust them.

Finally: some of the smartest, most interesting people are, at their core, fundamentally negative people. They can be (and often are) good, loyal friends. But spending too much time around negative people is likely to lead you to be more negative in the long run.

Competence about to be taken down by confidence. Photo by Anne's pal Ned.

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