"Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing." ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.
The old man looked me right in the eye and asked ~ "What's more important to you ~being right or being respected? Do you want their approval or action?" Do you want to be an expert or an example? Because you can't be both. He didn't wait for an answer ~ because he knew. "People Don't Care About What You Think" he said "They Care About What They Think" ~ You might want to remember that."
It was getting dark and it had been a very tough day. A day of trying to convince people to go where they didn't want to go and there was a lot of resistance. " Let me tell you something" he continued "What people think are conversations are almost always one person telling another an opinion, an observation or a perspective. It's all opinion and everyone thinks theirs is right. Even if you do convince someone of how right you are they revert back to the familiar sooner or later.
So what do you do? I asked. ~ Well that's up to you isn't it ~ he smiled and turned away with these wry parting words ~ Just Remember...
When We Think We Know - We Don't.