Top 10%?

Each of us makes judgments of ourselves, one another and of matters in the world around us.  It’s human nature to do so as we navigate in our work and in our lives.  They help us to set a course.  Of what value is your judgment?

As human’s, we can easily be unfair with these judgments, failing to interpret the entirety of a scenario or of a person before you make your judgement.  It’s much better to pause in your consideration than to allow your personal interests, your ego and/or your passions to overwhelm an objective process.  Essentially, the accuracy of your judgment sets the course for the actions or in-actions that follow.  With failed or biased judgment, your ensuing actions may miss the mark as well.

Longfellow references one specific bias in judgment that we should all remain fully aware of.  We are not the only ones making judgments as we pass through life, others are as well.  Are you setting an equitable and reliable course for yourself with others in your judgments?

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.”  —  Longfellow  —

A similar self-judgment reference is offered in the following research statement I read many years ago:  In the absence of feedback, 85% of men, 35 years of age and older, believe that they are in the top 10 percentile of athletic ability for their age group.  Well of course it’s impossible for nearly all to be in the top ten percent.  The statement does affirm that misjudgments are made, largely as a result of overestimated personal potential versus actual athletic performance.  Hopefully this noted reference serves for you as connecting thought as you pause to make judgments accurately and fairly.


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