It’s easy to be perceived as a know-it-all and not even realise it. Unfortunately most of us have started off with “Did you know…?” even when we weren’t asked for our opinion (that includes me!)
A know-it–all attitude is not always considered a great thing. It can make others allergic to you and alienate you. It takes away the mystery that life has to offer.
As a know-it-all, a lot of the times we think we have it all “figured out”, we think we know-it-best. We assume that we know what’s going on, what’s going to happen, what to do when it does and what other people will do.
When that happens, you’re deciding that you don’t need to know any more. You’re probably restricting yourself and cutting off avenues of learning. You stop growing and progressing.
So, tune into your attitude and ask yourself:
• What subjects or areas of expertise do you tend to be a know-it-all in?
• Who do you use your know-it-all attitude on? Are you trying to impress your friends, colleagues or even your boss?
• How do those on the receiving end react to your know-it-all ways?
Be knowledgeable. Not a know-it-all.
You’re good at what you do, and with experience you develop confidence since you do know-it-most! Don’t let your know-how sit in your pocket. Make sure you share your know-how when you’re asked. And, when you actually really ‘know’ what you’re talking about.
But remember, you don’t know-it-all! So, know when to stop being a know-it-all. Know when to say “What do you think?” and listen and learn from those around you.
This blog is part of “The A – Z Challenge”, shifting one negative habit a week into a positive. For more info on the challenge, click here: https://www.innerspace.org.uk/challenges/a-z-challenge.php