Dunning–Kruger and Your Mindset

Sooner or later, you’ll run into someone at the range where they will exude this enormous confidence, if not arrogance, of knowledge but they will never think that their skills are garbage. And if you haven’t yet met anyone like that, YouTube surely won’t disappoint.

I’ve ran into my fair share of instructors out there that just complete utter shit heads but that didn’t make them all incompetent. But I’ve taken enough training classes, where there is always someone in there that will often challenge the instructor or act like they know more. You know who these people are. These are the same people that will try to instruct you in class when clearly they are not the instructor. It’s impossible not to notice.

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein persons of low ability suffer from illusory superiority.

And then you have the mall ninjas that think they are king shit gunslingers. Sure, he might shoot well, but that doesn’t excuse him from his multiple negligent discharges. What’s even more stupid are the tactical gear he would don at the range; like that large ass 12 inch knife tuck behind his back, so that people won’t notice how out of shape he is, as he’s sporting a ball cap with the words “special forces” on it.

Anyone of these people are the ones you do not want to be around with. First off, it’s comes down to safety. We are all shooting guns. There are so many things happening dynamically on the range, any slight mishap could become serious injuries or a loss of life. Secondly, their knowledge are completely derived from false experience. What I mean by that is they are pretty much regurgitating what they heard on the internet as if they experienced it themselves; which really makes them dangerous because when challenged further, they will just make up some bullshit.

But on the flip side, go to any of these competition matches, and you’ll find at least one of two guys that will swear to you that competition shooting is training. But like all others, they are just competition shooters. They are not door kickers or anyone who’s putting foot to ass for our country. That’s not to say these guys aren’t good shooters. The majority of them are really good shooters and they are brilliant at gaming the games. But I highly doubt wearing a photographer’s vest would be a tactical approach for conceal carrying and that taking two shots is good enough.

It’s one thing to “teach” something from experience and be able to clarify and drill the lesson home than it is to repeat some cool cliche with no clue to it’s actual meaning.

I Am One With the Force and the Force Is With Me.

Now to be fair, we sometimes can fall into that category as well. When I say “we”, I’m referring to the actual students who are truly seeking knowledge to better their own skill sets. But the difference is knowing your worth.

Sometimes, it’s a great feeling to accomplish something, like shooting the Dot Drills cleanly with no misses and later admire one’s success. However, don’t bathe on that one success. Move on to the next tasks and elevate the challenge.

For example, I will admit that I suck at dieting and fitness. I will start my training with a goal to drop a 10-15% body fat, but somewhere along the line, I gain 5% body fat. Why? It’s a pattern that I see myself doing over and over. The moment I see the needle move down and the measurement decrease, I reward myself with lots and lots of cheat days of sweets and carbs, thinking that I can easily make it up. How wrong I am.

While I do have knowledge of proper dieting and exercising, I lacked the desired to continue, since subconsciously, it’s a real pain in the ass to follow, so I basked in my 1% fat loss only to negate that quickly. Rather what I should be doing, is not reward myself with a cheat day or cheat meal, but rather move quickly to the next challenge and keep pushing that momentum of success forward until it snowballs into a victory.

So in order to become a better student, a better shooter, it’s really best to focus on the little things and not just the big picture. Sure, it’s good to know what the big picture is, but you can’t really tackle that kind of large goal all at once thinking it is not a difficult win.

Rather, start small and build upon each of those successes. More importantly, drop the ego. As in life, you are measured and judged by your own actions and not by your words.

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In this video, note how the reporter is being given a quick lesson on the submachine gun. Hmmm, Dunning–Kruger much?