Why you should be the dumbest person in the room

I like this quote from Noah Callahan-Bever, editor in chief of Complex Magazine:

If you surround yourself with the smartest people you can find, people will think you’re a lot smarter than you are. Only insecure people think this works the other way.”

I learn much more when I surround myself with smart people.

And I’ve very privileged to be the dumbest person in the room most of the time.


Now if I can just work on getting people to think I’m smarter than I am, I’d have it made.

But seriously… do you surround yourself in your ministry with people that are smarter than you?

It’s really how you grow and get things done.

Who should you search out today for lunch?  Someone that’s smarter than you?  Someone that intimidates the pants off of you?

Make the call!

Be stupid!



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  • Kathy Widenhouse June 11, 2013 Reply

    Surrounding yourself with sharp people is awesome — and even more so if you take the next step and draw on what they know. I encourage clients to use a simple question with their team: “Will you help me understand?” Here’s a great list of ways leaders can use that question in ministry: http://www.nonprofitcopywriter.com/powerful-content.html#sthash.8XiagokM.dpbs

  • pietrosquared June 11, 2013 Reply

    YES! Musically speaking, the equivalent is that I would LOVE to always be in a band where I was the worst musician there, but not bad enough to drag them down.

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