If you’ve been reading this site at all in the last two years,
you know how far this doesn’t get you.

Take a
moment and think back to the three most
embarrassing moments in your recent memory.

Let me
guess, at least two of them happened while trying
to impress someone.

Funny how that works.

Trying to impress other people is a natural human

We all want to put our best foot forward.

reason trying to impress people rarely works out
very well is because human beings are wired to not
simply look at surface-level behaviours when
judging another person’s character, but to also look
at their intentions and motivations for each

So you can do a cool action, but if you’re
doing it because you’re insecure and want people
to like you, people will see through it and find you

This is why one-uppers — people who take what
you say and then tell you how they’ve done
something bigger or better than that — are so

They’re trying to impress us, to
dominate us, to show superiority over us.

And the
fact that they’re trying to be superior proves to us
that they’re not.