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  • Writer's pictureIan Gibbs

Acknowledging your limits

Updated: Jan 4, 2021

Roger had an old Mark 1 Ford Escort. He considered it a classic. His wife, Lisa, considered it a wreck. It was always having problems. But Roger enjoyed amateur mechanics and was happy trying to repair its frequent failings.

“You’re not a mechanic. You don’t know what you’re doing. Stop messing about with it and get it fixed by a real mechanic!” was Lisa’s regular opinion.

One Saturday they had to drive 300 miles up to Lisa’s sister’s wedding in Edinburgh.

After 100 miles the car stalled and refused to start despite Roger’s best roadside efforts.

If they had called for assistance, they could probably have made it in time, but Roger refused to recognise his limitations and insisted on trying to fix it himself.

They arrived 6 hours late. Lisa didn’t speak to him for a week.


It’s always a good idea to acknowledge and embrace our imperfections. Roger refused to recognise his.

Learnability is about constantly improving yourself. But if you deny your imperfections, you’ll never improve them.

Sometimes, the problem is you can’t read the label from inside the bottle.

What do you think your imperfections are?

Would your closest friends agree?

Why not pluck up the courage and ask a few of them? Their answers might surprise you!

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