Everyone lies. Even to themselves. Try not to.
As a consultant I am in competition with a lot of people more talented and successful than myself. And if I look around the web, it seems everyone is more talented and successful. I was thinking of applying for a position at a start up that makes a mobile app. It was started by a Geek god and mere mortals could not have kept up. These guys were just too cool for school.
Now I am sure the bios were not lies. Doing that to investors is a bad idea. But really, is having already achieved superhuman levels of success the only way to get someone to fund you?
I am really not that good. Conferences help with this. I remember sitting in a conference hall, about to present and realised that I was probably the least talented person in the hall. Bjarne Stroustrop, Tim Berners-Lee and Guido Van Rossum were milling in the hallways. What the hell was I doing there?
So, I think I have found a simple talent I have. I am not smart, in that way that MIT engineering or Johns Hopkins Medics are smart. But I just carry on.
Not like Einstein. More... Kenneth Williams.
How very British.