via Signal vs. Noise
I think we sometimes overlook things we donâ€™t realize weâ€™re already good at or have limited experience with. You may be beating yourself up about not having good enough grades in biology to go to medical school while overlooking the fact that youâ€™ve been working in your familyâ€™s hardware store over the summer for eight years and have an extraordinary sense of how to deal with people. Thatâ€™s a skill that a lot of doctors in their 50s would kill for: theyâ€™ve never learned to understand and be empathetic towards others. People have all kinds of soft skills that you canâ€™t train someone to have, but they beat themselves up because itâ€™s not the thing they think theyâ€™re supposed to be good at.
â€”One small part of a big, terrific interview with Merlin Mann.