Overconfidence exists in three main types
Throughout this book, we will look [into the manifestations of confidence] and seek to avoid the dangers of delusion or biais (…)
Overestimation occurs, for instance, when you overestimate how quickly you will get work done, committing yourself to more than you can humanly accomplish. One of the lures that can draw you into overestimation is wishful thinking. Its flip side is underestimation. You will be prone to underestimating yourself when you get stuck in worry and rumination, exaggerating risks and failing to appreciate your virtues, strengths, and potential.
Overplacement occurs when you exaggerate the degree to which you are better than others. All of us are prone to overplacement for easy tasks and for common events. Most of us believe we are better-than-average drivers. If you are usually kind, it is easy for you to believe you are kinder than others. If you usually behave ethically, you probably think you are more ethical than others, and you wind up feeling morally superior. On the other hand, for difficult tasks and rare events, it is easy to believe that you are worse than others. When performing a task that's hard for everyone, many people experience the impostor syndrome. ignorance of others' struggles can leave even capable people afraid they cannot do a job as well as others.
Overprecision occurs when you are excessively sure that you know the truth. It leads you to be too confident that your interpretation of the facts is the right one. It leads investors to be excessively sure they know what an investment is worth. It leads you to be too quick to disparage those who disagree with you as either evil or stupid. Unlike estimation and placement, reversals of overprecision are vanishingly rare. That is, research has found little evidence of underprecision, in which people report being less sure of themselves than they ought to be.
It seems that there is a very specific area in the brain which could be called poetic memory and which records what has charmed us, what has moved us, what gives our life its beauty.
Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity... It is, in short, the subject of the history of the Grail. Only a predestined being has the ability to ask another: what is your torment? And he doesn't have it when he enters life. He has to go through years of dark night.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Almost everyone in the world is self-absorbed within themselves. They regard themselves as the most important beings. People rarely speak bad about themselves. They are the heroes in their own story no matter how much entanglement of lies and bullshit is needed to achieve a gratifying and satisfying version of the tale.
By observing their actions, you could trace back their thought pattern, intentions, interest, and vision. Stop for a moment and analyze the action. Stop caring about what they say, what they think about how the world should be, how everyone can execute their best, or why the world is so messed up. They speak whatever hell it takes to sound amazing. Listen to their actions. Listen only and only to their actions.
We all have forests on our minds. Forests unexplored, unending. Each one of us gets lost in the forest, every night, alone.