"Mr. Know It All
Well, you think you know it all.
But, you don't know a thing at all.
Ain't it somethin', y'all??"
Coincidentally, I hate that song. However, it's been stuck in my head on repeat for the past few days... Ever since I had a little battle with one of the 4 biggest Know-It-All's in my life. Yes, I've counted them! What I don't understand is how someone can pipe up about any and every subject that is mentioned around them, know they are over-exaggerating their actually very limited knowledge, see the dirty looks/rolling eyes, hear the comments, and still not take a stinkin' hint!
You say "insightful". We say "obnoxious". Either way, Know-It-All's aren't cute. Having a comment about everything doesn't make you more interesting. It makes you more annoying. Same with broadcasting all of your knowledge. Even if you are smart, you don't have to throw it in people's faces. It's going to end up costing you more friends than it will end up gaining you more friends. Where is the joy in knowing everything? Half of the fun of life is being surprised! As much as I love (most) of the K-I-A's in my life, I'll admit that they're hanging by threads. However, there is one that I do wish I could get rid of, like, yesterday... But, I'm going to be stuck with him for the next 15 years, at least. Oops, did I just type that out loud? ;)
The cause of K-I-A's can probably be summed up to two reasons:
- The person is insecure and feels that having an answer or a comment for everything will make them feel noticed, smart, and maybe even admired.
- The person just likes hearing the sound of their own voice and chooses to annoy the rest of us with that voice and their big, loud opinions. Most likely also used as a ploy to feel better about themselves.
(Guess which option my #1 K-I-A falls under... *snort*)
If you're the first option: Go read the rest of my blog and build up your confidence!! Do anything you can to get your confidence up and soaring, because that's what I think your real issue is. I mean, I'm not a doctor. But, let's face it: I so should've been! lol... I'm kidding. Besides, I already have a busy workload what with being a mommy and a superhero and all ::dusts off cape:: You really do need to know your self-worth. You need to stop trying to impress others. And not only because you're going a little overboard. You have unique gifts, just like everyone else. (Wow... That sounds so oxy-moronic. "Always remember that you're unique... Just like everyone else!") But, it's true! You could be causing others to miss out on your God-Given gifts and talents because you're chasing them all off with your know-it-all attitude! You have so much more to offer. There is so much more to life.
If you're the second option: GET OVER YOURSELF!
Ok, honestly, while my response to Option 2 was serious, it was also meant to be funny. There are a lot of things I can say about Option 2, because I was married to Option 2. I don't even know how to go into all of that tonight. But, let me try. Basically, you don't know everything. There will always be people out there who are smarter, nicer, funnier, and better at certain things than you are. The sooner you accept that, the better off you'll be. This goes back to me saying that you need to embrace your own gifts and talents and stop trying to overcompensate. Trust me: We're getting TIRED of hearing the endless amounts of stuff you think you know! You're making yourself look like a big doofus! You're not the greatest thing since sliced bread. Now, that's not me trying to put anyone down. That's me trying to put people in their places. It's ok to feel good about yourself. That's what I'm trying to promote here. It's not ok when you are continuously trying to shove people into your shadow. Maybe it branches from jealousy? Which is a trait I've never understood. I've said similar things before: Being jealous of someone only robs you of the person you are. None of us are meant to live in shadows. Plants grow better in the light... Why should we be any different?
"Know-It-All" is a very unattractive title to have, no matter your reasons. Listen to what others have to say. We're all created to work together. Who knows what ideas and inspirations you're missing out on because you and your opinions are so loud, you can't hear anyone else. And the thing is that this is a technique people use to IMPRESS others! There are much better ways to get people to like you! Listen. Be encouraging. Be thoughtful. Strive to make people laugh or smile. CONFIDENCE is attractive. CONFIDENCE is sexy. That's one way to win people over. Know who you are. Know where you stand. Know what you want. But, don't push others down to get it! It's not cool to "showboat". It's perfectly ok to not know everything :)
Besides, pretending to know it all only serves to annoy those of us who do. ;)
(^Yep, that's me kidding again!)
“Those who think they know it all have no way of finding out they don't..”
― Leo Buscaglia