In all fairness, the idea of being smart doesn’t seem like a bad thing. I mean the mark of high intelligence has its perks. High academic intelligence leads to a well-paying job in a prestigious field. High social intelligence leads to stronger friendships and relationships. High emotional intelligence leads to better self confidence and self control.
But consider for a moment that people who possess such a high level of intelligence, people who are indeed smart, never call themselves “smart” (or a "very stable genius" for that matter). While they may recognize their esteemed level of knowledge, humbly, these genuinely smart people at the end of the day probably think of themselves as very much an idiot, and that’s a good thing!
See, being an idiot implies there’s much to be learned; it implies there’s room to grow. The Idiot Mindset is a Growth Mindset, able to expand and evolve. The Idiot, unfortunately, receives a lot of flack and is often frowned upon.
It’s time we give an ode to the Idiot. It’s time we use him as an idol, rather than shame him for not knowing things. It’s time we appreciate his lack of knowledge and inadequacy. It’s time we stop trying to be right all the time and pretending to know everything when we don’t and admit that we’re idiots. We don’t know shit.
Now if you feel insulted by being called an Idiot, then you’re likely trapped in your own Ego. God forbid you hurt your fragile Ego.The Ego is a selfish dick and you need to tell himt to shut the fuck up and fess up to being wrong sometimes. Learn a thing or two.
Accept the fact that you don't know shit.
Because when you think you know shit, you refuse to learn the shit that you don't know, and there's always something you don't know. You're always an Idiot somehow.
If you can't admit that you're an Idiot (at times when you're being one, at times when you're wrong, at times you really don’t know jack shit), then that makes you an even BIGGER Idiot because then you're not only an Idiot, but one that who can't learn shit.
In other words, you're an Idiot who thinks he's Smart, a "Know-It-All", and that's one of the most destructive types of people you can be.
An Idiot who thinks he's Smart does the same stupid shit over and over again, no matter what he's told or what he damages or who he hurts. An Idiot who thinks he is Smart refuses to change his own behavior and expects the world around him to change instead. An Idiot who thinks he’s smart fails to accept new information, no matter how strong the evidence is, and instead insists on being “right”. They fail to learn. They fail to adopt. They fail to grow.
It's not his fault and his own stupidity, it's the other person’s fault, it’s their ex’s fault, it’s their parents fault, it's the universe's fault! After all, he knows best and always makes the right choice. Everyone else is mistaken, everyone else is an Idiot, not him. People mistreat him and it has nothing to do with him being an Idiot, or so he believes. It has everything to do with the other person being an Idiot.
The Know-It-All blames external scapegoats for internal problems because he believes he knows all the shit there is to know and values being right more than self acceptance, flaws and all. They play the victim card
Approach work, relationships, and life as an Idiot. Accept the fact that you don't know shit. And even the shit you know is not enough.
This will give you the humbleness to admit you're not always right and always have something new to learn.
This will let you own up to your fuck ups, rather than adamantly defend your mistakes or flawed points of view. This will give you the confidence to say "I don't know" or "I was wrong", instead of pretending you do know and always make the right decisions. This will let you escape the victim mentality, because a victim believes "truths" of the world make their life miserable and refuse to accept that maybe, just maybe, they're in the wrong and they are personally responsible for their own misfortune.
Know-It-Alls believe misfortune is a "fact" in life that is handed to them, instead of a problem that came about because they had no fucking clue what they were doing.
Idiots admit they have no clue what they're doing and can then be open to learning solutions. They’re also open to empathizing with others because they don’t get why the person feels the way they do.
Yeah, you're stupid sometimes. Yeah, you're not always right.
Own that shit. Be a freaking Idiot and embrace not knowing shit. Open your mind to learning a thing or two.
Don’t be a Know-It-All. That's a FIXED Mindset and makes change impossible.
Mistakes happen. Mistakes are Meh. Mistakes don’t determine failure.They’re part of the process, part of earning success. Only failure determines failure.
That said, once a mistake is made, once you fuck up like an idiot, you have to learn from it. You have to say “Well, I’m never gonna fuck up like that again” and mean it.
Know-It-Alls pretend like they aren’t the cause of the mistake and the mistake only happened due to circumstances, not their own fault. They wind up doing the same thing that lead them in the pit of mess to begin with repeatedly, never understanding the fact that maybe what they’re doing isn’t the right way to do it.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again.
It’s better to be stupid than to be insane.
Be an Idiot and be at fault when you make a mistake, then learn not to do it again.
They think they’re smart and have nothing left to learn. Naturally, in being so “smart”, they believe that what they think is always the correct way of thinking. They never doubt their own opinion.
Doubt is okay. Doubt is the first step towards learning. Doubt is challenging one’s beliefs. Idiots allow this challenge to happen. Idiots Doubt themselves all the time. Idiots are willing to listen to counter-arguments and pick up new insight.
Know-It-Alls, on the other hand, don’t listen at all. They refuse to. In their mind, they’re thinking “Why listen when I already know the other person is wrong?”
They get argumentative when someone gives them criticism to the point where they try to verbally destroy their opponent. They’re debaters, not listeners.
Any research done by a Know-It-All is done with a “confirmation bias”, so they can confirm what they already know to be true, instead of seeking opposing views.
Idiots, to the contrary, listen to opposing viewpoints because they don’t think they have all the answers and are willing to be stupid enough to try and find them, even if that means challenging a personal set of beliefs.
They fail to empathize with others because they “know” that’s not how you’re “supposed to feel” and they don’t feel that way anyway. They dismiss any emotion besides their own because their feelings about the situation are the only “right” ones to have.
Idiots are open to understanding why a person feels the way they do because they don’t know shit about the other person’s emotions unless that person tells them.
Know-It-Alls Try to NEVER Take the Blame
It’s their parents’ fault, the way they were raised, for being so avoidant. It’s their ex’s fault for being so heartless.It’s society’s fault for being so poor. It’s the teacher’s fault for handing them a bad grade. It’s their boss’ fault for getting fired.
They “know” they are perfect, just the way they are, and it certainly couldn’t be a mistake or flaw of their own that they need to fix or improve.
They blame the bus for being late, rather than their own laziness for sleeping in (something Idiot ProcrastiN8rs don’t do). They blame the bank for charging them an overdraft fee, rather than their own lack of budgeting skills. They blame the glass for breaking, instead of their own stupidity in dropping it.
Inanimate objects are often the scapegoat for a Know-It-All’s anger, and if it’s not an inanimate object they blame, then it’s an animate one. See, they don’t see others as people but as objects.
Objects of love. Objects of desire. Objects of hate. Objects of disgust. Objects to blame when things go wrong.
People become objects when you “know it all” and use knowledge to define who they are, rather than actually “see” them, and connect to them, as a human being.
Idiots simply know it’s their fault, when it is in fact their fault. They fuck up and own that shit.
Avoid being a Know-It-All But Don’t Be a Complete Dumb Ass Either
While it’s good to be an Idiot and come to terms with the fact that you know very little shit, there’s another extreme ,on the opposite side of the spectrum, that you must avoid.
In your quest to become an Idiot, you don’t want to go overboard and become a complete Dumb Ass. A dumb ass is someone who doesn’t know shit AND refuses to learn shit. A Know-It-All does know some shit, but refuses to learn new shit. An Idiot barely knows shit but is willing to learn new shit.
The important difference between an Idiot and a Dumb Ass is that an Idiot is actually willing to listen to others, correct mistakes, challenge their beliefs, and admit their fuck ups.
Both don’t know shit, but only one will know a little more shit at the end of the day.
And if you don’t know which one is which by now then you truly are a Dumb Ass.
It's smarter to be an Idiot than to be a goddamn Know-It-All. As Weird Al said “Dare to be stupid.””
You don't know it all. In fact, you don't know a whole lot. And the more you know, the more you realize don't know.
Life is a learning-process that will constantly remind you how much of an Idiot you truly are.
You will slowly become a bit less of an Idiot, but no matter how much you learn, you're still an Idiot.
An Idiot questions: "What the fuck am I doing wrong? How come I'm such an Idiot?" While the Know-It-All pompously declares: "I'm right. The world is wrong. I know this is true."
I have no fucking clue if I'm right about any of this. After all, I'm such an Idiot!