Be honest with yourself – Do not oversell!

This article is just to remind myself that sometimes I was not honest with myself. Sometimes the “overselling” happen – selling something that is cheap or worthless. This often happens when we exaggerate the achievements we have accomplished.

Why overselling is not only found at sidewalks drug sellers, but also in people who are highly educated? There are several reasons.

The first reason is because there is a feeling inferior. This feeling causes people to act to exaggerate and “overselling” of their achievements, which sometimes is not remarkable achievement.

Secondly, perhaps because very high confidence, so that one felt he is the most wonderful, clever and knows everything.

Thirdly because the person misunderstood his abilities, so that he misjudged himself and the situation around him.

One advice to myself is: Be honest with yourself and humble – Do not oversell! Overselling attitude will harm ourselves, because eventually people will judge us by our words and actions.

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Hadi Nur

My name is Hadi Nur, a professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and an adjunct professor at Universitas Negeri Malang (UM). I can be reached easily online. Here, the table of content of my blog posts and search what you are looking for here.