Your gut may be ego
- “I’ve been doing this for X amount of years.”
- “We’ve done this forever.”
- “What do you know, I founded this company.”
Whenever I hear these phrases, or things close to them, I know that a follow-up question usually ends in “instinct,” meaning they are relying on gut rather than facts.
That is fine. Sometimes, that can lead you to victory.
I’d ask you though, to recognize sometimes you aren’t crunching old memories in your head like artificial intelligence. Sometimes, you are looking at the messenger and doing an ego check. It’s less “I’m running on experience” and more “who is he to tell me this.”
If it is, you might want to take a breath and listen because it is a sign of entropy.
If they are wrong, correct them and help them grow.