4 Reasons The Stupid Overestimate Their Competence.
Don’t Be Dumb.
Better to be silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
Time for another very blunt and somewhat humorous based topic.
Honestly, what is it with the stupid and incompetent forcing their opinion on the rest of us? It’s bad enough that they’re dumb, but why can’t they just keep their opinion to themselves? It’s like they can’t even realize that they don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s one of the ironic curses of the world. You simply can’t fix stupid.
I mean in this day and age, how hard is it to look up something on the internet and verify your information? Why pretend to know something you don’t when the information is so freely available? I guess what bothers me more isn’t just the stupidity, it’s the laziness. It’s one thing when a person is lacking in the mental department and can’t help it. It’s another thing when someone is just willfully ignorant it’s infuriating.
I have a few explanations on why people might choose to act this way.
1. They Get Away With It In Their Own Group.
This reason is simple. People can pretend to be smart in their own group and then they think they can fool everyone else. That or they just really believe their own hype. When a person can get away with not knowing something in front of others, they tend to think it works well with people who actually have knowledge. The worst part is that even when they are proven wrong they do it again and again.
When you surround yourself with people who never grow or try to learn anything new, fooling them is very easy. After all, they’ll never try to verify your information anyways so it takes no effort to fool the foolish. The sad part is that this describes the majority of people which is why the dumb are so confident while being incompetent.
2. They Want To Feel Important.
Many times people just want to feel like they’re contributing something and want to feel needed. I can’t count how many times I’ve had someone try to feed me information in some area that I was far better than they were in. Were their goal to be helpful, or just to feel like they were useful? Are these the kind of people who plan on sitting back and saying, “You know that person, I helped them succeed.” What’s funny is these people often copy your own ideas and then pretend like they gave them to you. I think they just want to feel better about themselves. Sorry but your ego is not my problem.
3. They Believe Their Own Hype.
As mentioned before, perhaps they simply believe their own hype. They really think they are that smart because they don’t KNOW how dumb they are. Conversely those that are smart think that it must be easy for everyone else. This is known as the Dunning-Kruger effect.
This is why you often hear comments like:
“I only make a million dollars a year. I’m not rich. That guy that makes 5 million a year, he’s rich.”
“I’m pretty good, but I’m not that good.”
” I know a bit about it but others know more.”
The people who are the most competent tend to underestimate their own knowledge because they feel that everybody should understand these things. They downplay their attributes unknowingly while the incompetent go around giving bad advice. It’s the blind leading the blind. This is also why people who are knowledgeable start charging for advice. After incompetent people go around telling the people who are competent they don’t know what they’re talking about so many times, they lose interest. If people want good knowledge they’ll have to find a knowledgeable person and network with them or pay for it.
In many cases people want to never expand and just assume they know instead of trying to learn and grow. It’s a signed of being spoiled and lazy. People don’t want to face the fact that they don’t know something because it will hurt their pride. People who are smarter and succeed more are regularly out of their comfort zones learning new things. They like not knowing things as they often view it as a challenge. This cognitive dissonance is another things that separates the great from the mediocre.
4. They Don’t Realize It’s Infuriating.
How many broke people tell others how to manage their own money?
How many losers tell others how to accomplish something in life?
How many fat people tell others how to eat and exercise?
We see this all of the time and everyday yet not enough people call them out on this to avoid hurting them. Sometimes the truth is required. My recommendation is just to ignore these people or say the truth. Simply tell them that you’ll talk to someone else who’s more knowledgeable.
You can also take a sarcastic approach with it and say something like, “We can’t all be smart like you.” That should shut them up and give them a clue. If you want, you could go completely blunt and point something out about them. If they ask why you aren’t religious or try to shove some other opinion down your throat, ask them why they’re overweight and explain the health problems with that. Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire.
If not you can always take the other two approaches.
How do you deal with this in your personal life and what do you think about it? Be sure to let me know.
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