Wise words, for sure. I think most people I know, myself included, would benefit from being a little more humble in their lives. That said, I think it’s also important to make sure you don’t go too far in the other direction. Overconfidence is certainly unhealthy, but so is beating yourself up too much or blaming yourself for things that are probably outside of your control. Finding the right balance is tricky, though.

Also, society has a bad habit of giving certain people a free pass for things you shouldn’t get a free pass for (we see this most often with celebrities and politicians) while simultaneously coming down hard on people who sometimes genuinely deserve a bit of a break (like young people, or people with mental health issues). If we were more consistent about that sort of thing on a societal level, I suspect it would be easier for us all to be more consistent about it at an individual level.

Anyways, those are just some thoughts that popped into my head while reading this. Good post as always, William!

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