Power Play: Always assume people are smarter than you

Rose Herceg /

Power Players usually assume they are the dumbest player in the room. Why? It’s safer than thinking they’re the smartest.

If you take this basic premise as a starting point, you’re covered. Why do Power Players do this? Because it motivates them (forces them, actually) to make absolutely sure that they are prepared. More likely over-prepared. The added bonus is that it stops them from being arrogant and superior.

When it comes to talent, humility is a Power Player trademark move. Worrying whether you’re good enough makes you become good enough – usually great enough. The minute you enter a room thinking you’re top dog you can be assured the whole thing will get blown to high heaven.

Assume they’re smarter, and then you’ll be smarter.

The story

I was meeting with some really smart people who basically own the wedding industry, and I knew for sure I’d be the dumbest person in the room.

I studied for every possible question that might be asked. I got somebody who works in the industry to give me a crash course in all things bridal and wedding.

After the crash course I realised I knew even less than I thought. So I went back and studied some more.