Wise People Listen To Advice And Admit When They're Wrong

Always thinking you're right isn't the same as being smart.

Some people think they're always right.

Raise your hand if you know a person who believes they are always right. Regardless of the subject being discussed, they know everything about it and have an opinion that is (according to them) 100% correct. You can try to contradict them, argue and present all the facts you want, they still think they're right and you're wrong. And if you present proof, not only they usually dismiss it, but they start to insult and attack you personally. Sounds familiar?

If you have never met such a person in your entire life, you're lucky. As they are hard to live with. They believe they are the smartest, best looking, and the most successful, even if they're not. They are perfect, and if anything goes wrong, they just blame others. Lost their job? Not their fault. The boss was feeling threatened by their incredible brain, so they were fired. It was not fair, but that's what happens when you're the smartest person in the world. The wife left him? She couldn't stand being with such a successful person anymore, because she was feeling inferior and jealous. Anything that happens, it's never their fault. Even if they mess up and get caught, someone else pushed or forced them to do it. Her husband caught her cheating? His fault, because he's always been jealous and practically pushed her to cheat on him! They never admit when they're wrong because they probably can't ACCEPT ever being not right. Therefore, they never apologize, either.

They don't accept any advice.

You can try to advise them, but it's not like they're going to listen. They only take advice from people who are smarter than them, and since there is no such person on this planet, they just do what they want. Don't even bother, because your good deed will be interpreted as a personal attack. And if they ever feel attacked, they strike back without thinking.

Being confident isn't the same as being smart.

Even though they're super confident, this doesn't mean they're smart. A wise person knows there's always something new to learn and plenty of room for improvement. Someone intelligent is aware that in order to grow, you have to learn new things and develop new abilities all the time. So, they do! And they listen to advice, as well as opposite opinions, even when they think the other person might be wrong. A person who believes they already know everything, will never learn new things... because they already know it all. They understand little about the people around them because they don't make the effort to see things from different perspectives. Even though they always brag about being the smartest, in fact, their universe is narrow. They don't try new recipes, because they already cook the best chicken in the world. They only read books which support their opinion. They don't need any further training, because they are already the best. They don't allow anyone or anything to challenge them. So, instead of growing, they remain where they are, while the whole world evolves around them.

Being wise means keeping an open mind.

You may be right, or you may be wrong. Still, it's wise to listen to different opinions, because you will learn something. You may learn that you've been right. You may change your opinion. You may learn WHY people who think differently see things the way they do. Either way, accepting and respecting opposite opinions can only help you grow. Even when you believe you're right, it's important to remain humble and tolerant. You may be the smartest person in the world, but if you're not, at least, don't make a fool of yourself.

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