First of all, let me say that this post means NO disrespect to anyone. This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while now and it all kind of came to a head in a situation last week.
Sometimes we think things through and sometimes we just plow ahead with our emotions. Both scenarios can lead to success, but sometimes not.
How many times have you been caught in the moment and said something you didn’t necessarily know was true, but felt so strongly about it that it didn’t matter? It happens. NO doubt about it. However, in order to be truly successful, you must be able to give rational thought and a bit of research in order to make sure you aren’t spreading false information.
Does this mean that you need to research every little detail before you execute your strategy….probably not. There’s a definite time and place for gut feelings and knee-jerk reactions. However, dispensing information is not one of them.
In a world of freedom speech, freedom of religion and basically the freedom of opinion, everyone has one. People will tout off a lot of information….and usually put it up on the Internet somewhere.
It’s very easy to fall into the public perception and forget to check the facts. No examples are needed here as I’m sure you have already brought one or two up in your mind just reading that.
All I’m saying, is make sure you get the facts before sending on that forwarded e-mail or passing off that “Did you hear…” If we all get a little better at educating ourselves, we will have more opportunity to have civilized discussions.