Lorne Michaels famously said, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” I am at a fortunate place in my life where I am constantly surrounded by people who are bigger, faster, stronger, smarter, sharper, and Godlier than I am.
And I have never been happier!
I’ve learned there are people in my circles much more committed to the mission and vision of our organization than I am. In addition, they are more dedicated to perfecting their craft.
I’ve been stretched after watching others have a dedication to detail which far surpasses mine. They simply never seem content with the status quo.
It’s been humbling but I’ve seen others put teammates in positions to be far more successful than positions I would have put them in. They also did a far better job equipping them with the tools and resources necessary for those positions.
I like to think I work hard but I have really been pushed to my limits by others. They were more prepared in every way possible—mentally, physically, and spiritually. This allowed them to take a greater advantage of marginal gains.
When it comes to character, I am currently around people much more generous and humble than I am.
And I’ve never been happier!
This is because I am also keenly aware of how much better I am getting because I am in their presence and gleaning from their wisdom and experience.
Are you the smartest person in the rooms you’re in? If so, for Michaels’ advice and find another room.
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