Smart People Don't Like Taking Chances

Smart people don’t like taking chances because they are afraid of being wrong.

Identity is a powerful motivator for behaviors. If you are told all your life that you are smart and special, being wrong is evidence that you aren’t who you thought you were. That dissonance makes you feel bad.

From How to do things if you’re not that smart and don’t have any talent by Adaobi.

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