I’m very contrary. I like to learn but I don’t like being taught.
Headlines like: “# Things XYZ Can Teach You About…” make me cringe. Some place in my brain I am thinking, “well, let me teach you a little something…”. Or something like that. I am not very good with authority figures. Not that I am especially rebellious – I just don’t like someone who thinks they know more than I do. At least until they prove they really do.
A lot of people online will write as if they know what they are writing about. Making yourself an authority on the Internet is a marketing scheme – so, of course, they are all rushing to appear authoritative. In reality, they may have only had one site up, one month before they put out their first ebook explaining what a blogging guru they are.
You can’t really be an authority without some history and experience.
Even then, anyone who really considers themselves an authority has an inflated opinion of themselves.
It really is true – that saying about the more you learn, the less you know. There is always more to learn.
No doubt I have trust issues which come into the whole not liking authority thing. But, who hasn’t found a few reasons to mistrust any type of authority by the time they reach some form of adulthood? Those rose coloured glasses come with the protective bubble, make sure you stay in it!
If there is a point to this post it must be about thinking how you communicate with people.
It’s not just how you talk but how others hear and/ or understand what you say.