Nov 30, 2018
Accusations of arrogance or being opinionated or even dogmatic are thrown about. But, are those accusations warranted or true? Is it wrong to be opinionated or dogmatic?
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Welcome to episode number 200 of the Morning Mindset podcast. Wow, and I've been doing this show for less than a year as I speak the words into this microphone. I hope you're enjoying it. I hope you appreciate it. I hope you like what we've been doing. When I say we me and my producer in the background who you don't ever hear from because I am alone in the studio alone with my thoughts and loan with this carbon steel microphone.
Today we're going to talk about opinionated and arrogant or arrogant and opinionated, and it kind of dovetails right in with yesterday's discussion on identifying quality. Now if you have gone out and gotten the experience lived life got an education and training and so forth. You may be better able to identify quality then other people, and for instance, whether it especially when it comes to training, let's see education or types of training or what have you if you go out and you get lots of Education you take lots of classes training courses.
What have you, I've done that for 30+years, and so I feel that I am very, very capable of identifying a good trainer, a good training program, a good class, a good instructor. I'm very skilled or well-equipped shall we say to identify high-quality good instruction and poor mediocre or average instruction. It doesn't take me very long to sniff out an average or a poor instructor because well because I've got 30 plus years of experience doing it and what that leads to I may say, I don't like this or I don't appreciate that or I don't endorse this.
There are also programs products gear things that I wholeheartedly and very strongly endorse. and the reason that I'm endorsing these things is because I have this experience and the spaces in Education and Training, but when you go forward and endorse something when you endorsed a when there's a training program or whether it is a product or where there is a way of thinking when you endorsed that and when you endorsed it strongly and wholeheartedly you open yourself up to the accusation of arrogance or opinionated.
I've been accused of both of those. I've been accused of being arrogant because I believe that I'm right. Or that I believe I'm always right that Paul Markle guy. He always thinks he's right. Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I do. I do think I'm right and the silly and ridiculous thing about that accusation is that people that throw it out? What is the other option? Is the other option? Not believe in your own thoughts not believe in your own decisions. Opinionated people say that guy's very opinionated all I don't I don't like him because he's opinionated.
For what makes an opinionated? Well, you know, he said exactly and here's the thing people are often accused of being opinionated because they tell you. with without reservation exactly how they feel about a certain subject. They don't beat around the bush. They don't offer half-truths. They don't temper what they're going to say with political correctness. They say exactly what is on their mind with Noah. No uncertain terms, right and when they do that they're accused of being opinionated.
She politicians are rarely accused of being opinionated because they temper everything that comes out of their mouth. They never tell you exactly how they feel they never take a stand on anything because they may need to change it tomorrow or this audience might not like what they have to say so that they have to modify their opinions. Or their thoughts or their decisions or whatever they have to modify their speech based upon whose hearing it. Now when you don't do that. When you offer your own opinions your thoughts your beliefs and you don't take into consideration.
Who's listening? You're accused of arrogance you're accused of being opinionated and recently I was listening to Matt and Scott talked about starting strength and some of the people who have criticized starting strength over the years and they've criticized it for being dogmatic. Meaning that there they hold firmly to their beliefs and they refused to change them. Yes, sometimes being dogmatic is actually a good thing. I ask you this if you were looking for someone let's say I don't know, let's go ahead and say something like you wanted to learn how to play the guitar.
You wanted someone to teach you and you could pick any person right any person in the world to teach you to play guitar to show you the ins and outs in the upside downs and the Mastery of the guitar. Who would you go to like, you know, when one of those Lottery situations where you could just pick any person, and they would be made available to you to answer all of your questions and to show you what they knew and so forth. Who would you choose would you choose someone that is a master of that for instance, would you choose Eddie Van Halen?
Would you choose Eddie Van Halen
to teach you the guitar or would you choose somebody that? Well,
that doesn't feel that they're very good. It's silly to me, but yet
it still exists. people don't appreciate those who they accuse
those who have strong truthful opinions of being arrogant people
who don't change or modify their thoughts based upon who the
audience happens to be that day and they're accused of being
dogmatic or opinionated sometimes it's good to be opinionated and I
don't know what about the arrogance thing, but I can tell you this
if someone has experience education and they have been striving or
if they have striven to master, whatever it is their field of
Whether it's strength training or you know being a musician or what have you they probably have very very strong feelings about that because they've invested a lot of time and effort into it. So before you're willing to throw out the arrogance label or the opinionated label or you know, before you listen to someone like that you might want to think about exactly where that comes from. I just thought I would date. You know, what the heck I would I would deal with that subject. I would address it because I run into it quite frequently. Alright, ladies and gentlemen, like I said today was episode number 200 of Morning Mindset podcast.
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