Scott Adams on the limits and benefits of others assessing our abilities, from his own experience with the cartoon, Dilbert:
The two opinions about your abilities that you should never trust are your own opinions, and the majority’s opinions. But if a handful of people who have a good track record of identifying talent think you have something, you just might.
Justin Taylor’s rewording for Christians:
Callings…should not discerned by the individual alone (autonomy) or everyone (democracy) but rather by good counselors (a trusted community).