Understanding the limits of what you know is a key characteristic of continued growth and openness.
Several years ago we had a business partner from Ohio that learned how to ski. He was trash talking us in our conference calls about how he was shredding the slopes, and wanted to schedule our next winter meeting at a ski area to show us a thing or two about skiing. We booked a stay at Snowbird, Utah.
I had actually seen his ski area in Ohio. It was more or less a hill that would equate slightly less than intermediate skiing here in the west. But he was as confident in his ability as I was skeptical. I had 35 years experiencing some of the toughest double black diamonds in the world. Skiing since I was five—I wasn’t worried.
We got off the tram and headed over to Great Scott. From the Cirque Traverse he looked down, looked at us and said, “You win”—Never judge how good you are until you see the competition…
Religion has a well known trick to circumvent this obviousicity. Train them young, teach them they have the entire truth, then warn them about non-believers that are evil and don’t even listen to them. They’re all wrong, and trash talk becomes a one-liner way of life—I just believe.
Then, by and by the competing ideas emerge only to be shunned without an ounce of consideration. The competition has some great ideas, talent, ability, and reason. If they take a look with an open mind and end-around the supernatural excuse, will one have the integrity to say—you win?