4 comments on “I don’t know…

  1. You know, I seriously believe that progress bar is true for some drivers. The drivers I ‘m talking about are the ones that take about 10 to 15 seconds to step on the gas after a light turns green (and the intersection was clear).

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  3. You hit on something that has been driving me crazy. It’s not so much that they don’t ask it’s that they have to act like or delusionally believe they know something they never checked.

    I say I don’t know a lot, even to my clients. I have a hyper-responsibility disorder and the worse thing I can do is give bad advice. I often say, “I’m not sure, but I will look for the answer.” Even when I know the answer 99.9% I hate being wrong so I often hedge the answer.

    There is someone I know who talks but she sounds like a 5 year-old making up the answers as they go. I think it’s built into us to make sense of the universe but when people just pull stuff out of their ass it drives me crazy. I know where they are pulling it from because I am the guy who hates to be wrong so I love to know random facts. When I say, “No, I think it is actually like this…”, they just say, “Oh, really? I wasn’t sure (Then why the hell were you just telling someone something as if you just heard it from God?) but it made sense if you stuck a cucmber in a light socket it would power the house. Don’t potatoes run clocks?”
    A buddy watched the Back to the Future extras where they were joking that the hoverboards actually existed but parent groups stopped them from selling them. He believed it and was telling people like he found the fountain of youth. Dumbass!

    Damn, I think you found a button of mine.

    As far as the fear of asking, it has to do with ego and image control. It’s why some people have thier homes foreclosed on instead of going through short sales. They are too embarassed in many cases. A long time ago an agent couldn’t sell the house in time and his clients asked for him to put a sold sticker so the neighbors didn’t know what really happened.

    The ego is the downfall of many.

  4. What an interesting observation, Nick. I think fear is the main motivator in this instance. People are fearful that others will find out that they aren’t as “smart” as they project. And so they continue to pretend that they understand when they don’t.

    I think the inability to admit you don’t know is one of the more dangerous personality traits an employee can possess, especially in certain industries. Health care springs to mind.

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