Weekend Reading: You're Only as Good as Your Benchmark

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Most of us have a skewed view of our own abilities, often overestimating or underestimating what we can achieve. The key to success, then, lies in accurate self-assessment.


You can do this by creating a "personal benchmark," a realistic appraisal of your strengths and weaknesses based on your track record.

This process involves using quantifiable data, not just feelings, to track your progress. Avoid comparing yourself to others and focus on your own growth trajectory. By regularly revisiting and updating this benchmark, you'll set realistic goals and make wiser choices, ultimately surpassing your past self, while setting standards for your future one.