Think Like an Editor blog by Steve Davis and Emilie Davis, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

You’re ‘just’ a … what?

By · Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

not teaching,
still THINKING …

 This single word — just — can unfairly deflate anyone’s impression of you.

Remove the word “just” and replace it with one of its meanings, “merely,” and you have a false definition of your worth.

Why is this important to know? It is important because if we don’t define ourselves honestly, we will have no hope or reasonable expectation that others will see us accurately. And that would be a great loss.

Apply this to any profession or vocation and you’ll see this clearly.

Instead, with confidence, declare your position or your title or your role.

The value of this thinking is that it also eliminates the sense of an inflated ego. That’s because you’re “just” stating the facts about yourself. And that is worth a lot.

(These two profs are no longer teaching at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, but we are still thinking.)

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