I got back from Florida this week and Barney (my son) was back in school – with jet-lag.
This year, he’s in year five.
And it’s seen him get streamlined with other kids of similar abilities.
This has not gone down well.
In fact, yesterday he came home in despair:
“Dad! I’m the dumbest in my group!”
Whether this is true or not, god only knows.
Either way, it’s an understandable emotion.
Nobody wants to be the stupidest man in any room.
After all and as a friend recently put it:
“I don’t want to make a dick of myself!”
Anyway, me and Barney sat down in the garden and the conversation went like this….
Me: “Barn’ – at rugby would you rather play with the tots, or the bigger boys?”
Him: “Bigger boys”
Him: “They do proper rucks… and scrums… and massive kicks.”
Me: “B-U-T – If you played with the tots you’ll be the BEST on the field?”
He gives me a sideways scowl…
Him: “Yeah but the tots don’t even play proper rugby Dad! I’ll get better with the big boys.”
And here lies the benefit of being stupid…
Growth is guaranteed.
It’s why in this game and when it comes to personal growth I’ll always aim to be the stupidest person in any room – especially if I’m paying for the privilege.
It is the quickest and easiest route to success.
And a sure-fire way to go further and faster than ever before.
Stay in your comfort zone where you always know the answers.
And you my friend will stay static and small.
Start stretching yourself and playing with the big boys?
You start standing tall among giants.
Make More. Provide More. Be More.