I had a conversation about blind spots with a friend the other day.
“Did you ever think the coast was clear, and then, out of nowhere, a car flies by?”, he asked.
I thought about it for less than a second and replied, “Yes, I’ve done that before. It’s terrifying.”
The memory was so vivid, it’s like it happened yesterday.
There I was on a major highway about to change lanes, and BOOM, a car flew right by me.
If I hadn’t looked, I wouldn’t be writing this today.
When we make major changes without looking first, we risk bumping into things. And often times the results can be devastating.
Blind Spots In Life and Business
We all have blind spots, and sometimes the best way to see them is to employ the services of others.
In her book Stand Out, Dorie Clark suggests asking other people what they think about you.
When you ask enough people–people who you’ve worked with closely–you’ll start to get a pattern of answers. They see the things you don’t, your blind spots, your gifts, etc.
This is a great way to understand your personal brand and unique gifts.
Spotting Your B.S.
A friend of mine from Russia recently asked me, in a thick accent, “What does b.s. stand for?”
I thought it was an honest yet humorous question. I told him “bullshit.” He laughed and said no, it’s “belief system.”
We both got a good chuckle out of it. But the point he made was important; if our belief systems are off, we are feeding ourselves a bunch of b.s. (the kind most of us think of).
How can you spot faulty belief systems that are holding you back? You need someone to check your blind spots. Here’s how:
- Engage with a mentor
- Hire a coach to sharpen your thinking
- Reach out to a trusted colleague
- Feed your mind purposefully through books, videos, and audio
When you get someone who sees the things you can’t, you’re less likely to crash. And if you’re scoffing at the idea of bringing other people into your circle, then you already have a huge blind spot.
Doing it on your own is tough, why not get a second opinion?