Why Real Authority Is a Far Cry from Perfection?

The honest truth about building authority





When you acknowledge and embrace the fact that there’s a ton of stuff you don’t yet know, you open yourself up to infinite growth and discovery opportunities.


You’re also admitting there’s unlimited opportunity to get better every day for the rest of your life.  Not to mention the fact that your sincerity and humility will attract the right kind of people.


“There’s a fine line between being an expert authority and being a know-it-all.  No one likes a know-it-all, but everyone loves an expert who embraces being imperfect…..says Gary Korisko, Reboot Athentic.com 


Not knowing enough stuff yet is not such a bad thing.  In this authority-centric space we all occupy, few people embrace their imperfection, so it’s easy to come away with the idea that you’re supposed to appear as infallible as possible at all times.


Gary says that there are a 2 big problems with the “ultimate authority” stereotype.

  1. Smart people tend to see right through that act… so it may not be the best long-term audience building strategy.
  2. It suggests that you already know what you need to know. And that’s a dangerous message to send to your own psyche……what you’re telling yourself is  that you’ve already peaked. You’re a finished work. There’s nothing left to learn and nowhere left to go from here.


Remember – you’re an amazing one-of-a-kind masterpiece in progress.  You must embrace not knowing it all.


Having infinite capacity to learn and experience is a tremendous gift.  All it means is that you can still become. You can still pull off amazing things. Things you haven’t even thought of yet.


Best of all…………You’re not done yet.



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To Your Success,
Joan Harrington

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0 Replies to “Why Real Authority Is a Far Cry from Perfection?”

  1. I have also heard it called, “empty your cup”. If your cup is full, then you are not allowing yourself to learn. But if you empty your cup and open yourself up to learning and making mistakes, growth and success is bound to happen.

    Great post Joan. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hi Joan,

    Great post!! I don’t think anyone is the ultimate authority and yes, customers can see right through it.
    I believe people are more prone to do business with someone who is “authentic” vs a self-proclaimed “authority”.

    Thanks for sharing!

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