A bit over a year ago now, sitting at Berlin central station after a three-day training seminar, sipping a latte while waiting for the train, I was chatting with a medical doctor/researcher at a big cancer research institute in Germany about “career impediments”.
Me: “My problem is that I say what I think. I mean, when something isn’t working, and it’s in the way of making progress with the project or whatever I’m involved in, I point this out, and I make suggestions for how I think this could be fixed. I just can’t help myself. It’s a bit of a problem because so many people tend to take it personally while I’m really just talking about the issues. But I don’t seem to be able to learn any lessons from that, either”.
Him: “My problem is that I believe what people tell me. Even when they’re joking.”
He wasn’t joking, I checked. I told him he’d won.
Which is the bigger impediment?