Two ears, one mouth.
I should probably keep that in mind more often.
Sometimes I feel like I need to prove I know it all or have something to say. It’s a void I fill with the sound of my own voice.
In reality, if we can be honest, we’ll admit that none of us know what we’re doing. Everybody is just winging it.
I know a good amount about the science behind the human body and optimal health and fitness. But when I think about it, the only time I’ve ever learned anything is when I’ve kept my mouth shut, when I’ve listened to others, and when I’ve read others’ work.
Two ears, one mouth.
Do you know a know-it-all?
Here’s what’s funny about them:
They have the toughest time persuading even though persuasion is all they’re looking for.
They make others feel silly, but in reality, they are the silly ones because they are closed off to new learning opportunities.
“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.” – Galileo
“Every man I meet is in some way my superior; and in that I can learn from him.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be open to what others have to say, be open to new experiences; You’ll become wise.
If you walk around with your cup full all the time, you can’t fill it with anything new. What am I saying? I mean you think you know it all, then you’ll never learn anything new. You’ll be stuck with what you’ve got and you’ll become complacent. Complacency kills.
We have to have the courage to be able to say “I don’t know” sometimes. When we can say that, we are being genuine, and everyone likes a genuine person. We can’t connect with or relate to someone who is perfect. Trying to be perfect is exhausting and it’s not worth it because usually these people reek of desperation. Sometimes I feel this way.
Stop thinking so much, it’s ok to not have all the answers. I certainly don’t have it all figured out, and I’m ok with that.
— JP (@J__Paris) November 15, 2017
Humility is the path to becoming wise. Stay humble, my friends.
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Onward and upward,
Jordan Paris, NASM CPT