You Used to Be Smart, Right?

Something interesting happens when you get hired. They choose the brightest, cleverest, sharpest person that they kind find. That’s you. But after you’ve been there a year, your employer doesn’t believe anything you say unless you back it up with . . .quotes from someone smarter, better, brighter.

How does that happen? Does working in a corporation make you suddenly stupid?

That fading effect is not limited to work, either.  You date someone and your opinion is sought after, your advice declared wise. A year into the relationship, everything you say is suspect and you are dragging visually-abridged versions of Wikipedia with you to prove the simplest things.

What is it about the passage of a year that makes us dull, dumb and incompetent?

Does familiarity really breed contempt, or do you have to become ever smarter to stay ahead of the judgment curve?

I’ve seen it happen in many companies and in several relationships. What’s your take on this?

–Quinn McDonald is a writer and a certified creativity coach. See her work at