Reasons Not To Be An Idiot

I sometimes think that if you’re going to argue or you’re going to pick holes in the reactions of others, you need to be pretty damned confident that you’re spot on yourself.

Going to criticise someone’s spelling or punctuation? Make sure you’re writing is perfect.  I afforded myself a wry smile when I saw someone “defiantly” not looking for someone who couldn’t write in complete sentences yesterday.  Yes, I am making the assumption that they meant “definitely” but this person was defiant about something else to (which I forget), which I believe would have led them to be one of the greatest shows of defiance about relatively small things in the history of mankind.

I was also amused at the match today at the standing ovation received by one of the Three Wise Men as well as Santa Claus who had to be escorted by the Police from the Stoke City end of Anfield for wanting to do “something” that looked more than simply argue with the home fans.  Although Santa did have the courage to remove his beard, one struggles to take seriously any aggressive advances by someone dressed in bright purple robes accompanied by his friend in red.

Of course, making sure that you’re right before doing something can sometimes be a fairly subjective thing because not everyone’s perception of the correct conclusion from the same set of facts has to be the same.

I was speaking to someone extremely well versed in project implementations a few weeks ago.  When I asked what one of his best pieces of advice would be, he said that it is never too early to do Business Acceptance Testing (BAT).

For those unfamiliar with the terminology, Business Acceptance Testing is what it says on the tin.  People who “know what they’re doing” tend to think that they know the best solution.  In truth, they probably do.  However, just because it is the best doesn’t necessarily make it the right solution if it is not the solution that the end user wants.  Only by continually asking what the user wants can you either start moulding their ideas or let their feedback mould yours.

While it’s easy to criticise someone else’s spelling because the correct one is known, judging the correct attire for an argument is probably not as straight forward.  And, of course, being able to listen to others’ opinions and take them on board can show far greater confidence in your own position and self than truly “defiantly” standing next to something that may well turn out to be wrong.

He’s not as clever as he likes to think,
He’s just ambitious with his arguing.
He’s crap at dancing, and he can’t hold his drink.
Deep down he’s just like everybody else.

Reasons Not To Be An Idiot by Frank Turner

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