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29. Being Too Knowledgeable

If you are busy sharing and “educating”, you will fail to ask questions. There is definitely a time and place for education, but it isn’t all the time. Those that share too often fail to listen to others when they want to report information to you.

If you habitually try and education others, consider for a moment that the following is true, and what it really means:

The person is seeking validation.

Those who need to share what they know constantly are so low in personal worth, that they try to claw some back by being informationally-superior to another person.

One’s “knowledge sharing” attitude puts them in the physiological state that will actually refuse knowledge.

What a paradox.

Believe you’re ignorant and seek to fix it.

If you believe you’re ignorant, you won’t fall into the trap that so many people do. At some point in human progression people, men in particular, begin to try and “one up” each other with what they know. This “one upping” behavior is a form of “water-coooler-chatter” that ought to be avoided by those aspiring to lead.

Consider using these opportunities, to seek out what people actually know. Rather than accepting everything said as “the gospel” consider it an opportunity to learn about the issues of concern to others.

The “smarter” you are, the harder it is to convince others.

A person I once knew believed he was the smartest person in the room. He was, erroneously, given a leadership position. Everyday he would try to “work” by involving everyone in discussions he would run. What was quickly discovered was that he did not know what he was talking about.

As time went on this man quickly created enemies and detractors because of his poor knowledge, and yet, he was able to seek out the few people who were appreciative of him being around. Who were these people you might ask? They were people who knew even less than he did. This included bumbling government employees and 20 year olds. Every person with actual knowledge despised this person and pushed them away for his contradictory position in life.

Everyday instead of asking questions and seeking out knowledge, he instead sought to impose his erroneous beliefs on the world. Even worse for his influence, as other people’s ideas would come in and contradict his own, he had this peculiar habit of getting frustrated and fighting the ideas, but the next day would absorb and accept these ideas. This person would use these ideas, outside of a knowledgeable context, as though they were his own. Not only did he frustrate the person who was trying to share knowledge with him by becoming frustrated, but he never gave credit for ideas that were “so good” that even he decided to use them. With every one of these interactions he lost influence.

He will forever be the man who believes he knows everything, but yet knows nothing.

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