Paul Weir Galm is a lawyer from Oregon who took a year off from his practice to travel the world with his wife. Sounds great, right? (Lord knows I’d love to be able to do the same...) One problem, though. I think the trip made him stupid. Or at least forgetful and over-confident.
Upon returning to the States, he secured a spot on daytime TV’s, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” And he lost the first question. Not the last question. Not even one of the harder questions in the middle. The first, stinkin’ question available. You can check out the footage here.
When I look at the footage, I can’t help but to think of arrogant overconfidence. I guess the thing I take from Paul’s lesson is this: don’t go so fast and be so confident that you think you can’t fall. Because, inevitibly, you always do.
And when you do finally fall, you just look stupid. Just like Paul.