If a person is an idiot, there are about 7 signs that pop up about it more often than not. You’ve probably heard about this book already, so I’m not going to bother you with the details. It’s one of the best books from the “self-help and personal development” genre, which has been stuffed with mediocre releases in recent years. This one is a good one, although it still has the ingredients of a commercial bestseller that needs to sell, rather than educate.
I thought about a possible sequel for the book, entitled “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Idiots”, in which the author should encompass the everyday habits of people that society considers to be idiots. Idiots are everywhere if you couldn’t tell by now.
As idiocy and effectiveness go hand in hand, aren’t we all idiots and also effective people from time to time? I know I go full brilliant one day, just to come back to Earth and be a total idiot the next. Regardless, here are the 7 habits that idiot people live by day after day.
If there’s one thing that idiots do, that’s procrastination. Why would I do this thing now, when I can do it tomorrow?! And then tomorrow comes, and the loop starts again. And then years pass and idiots are still wondering how is it that they never got that thing done? Well…
Maybe stupidity and idiocy go hand in hand, but there are some important differences. Stupid people know they’re being stupid, but idiots, although they know about it, keep pushing their stupidity for the masses to enjoy. Being stupid is all about a lack of knowledge and education, so an easy fix would be proper education for the individual suffering from it. Convincing the stupid that he needs education? That’s another Achillean battle…
“My fists have no rules”, says an old Persian quote. I just made that up, of course, but as a rule, stupid people rely on aggressiveness to make a point or, if they can’t understand you, to literally show you that you’ve failed to make yourself understood. For all of the people who use their fists to come out of an argument on top, they’re idiots.
Bad driving skills
Driving is a skill you learn by repetition. You go to driving school, you learn how to drive and then you can’t unlearn it. It’s there with you for the rest of your life and even if you take a break from it, the minute you’re in front of a wheel again, your skill is right there with you. Bad drivers are idiots, as they have no excuse for doing what they’re doing in traffic.
This is one of the first things that I look for in a person when trying to establish a new relationship with him or her, regardless if it’s personal, romantic or business. If the person is always late, has little to no scheduling skills, delivers good stuff today, but rubbish for the next three, then that’s enough evidence for the idiot badge and total avoidance to be applied.
If someone is an idiot, he or she is almost always unaware of their status. Still, that’s no excuse for their unwillingness to change. People that are stubborn, as in, have no intention of even learning about other opinions and why their own are wrong are idiots. If you’re not open to change, good, vital, healthy change for you, because you can’t take someone else’s opinion into account, you as a person should never be taken seriously.
Being greedy is a sign of idiocy. If you’re not using someone else’s fortune and fame as a lesson, but as a reason to get angry and miserable, not only you’ll never be able to get to fortune and fame, but you’ll forever block your entire future from the possibilities that will arise for you. Greedy people are idiots.
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Dessie, thank you for your comment!
You’re partially right. The thing you left out is freelancers are always relying on a plan B and C while their plan A, the current project or projects, are going on.
Plan B is, they’re always putting money away for those days, weeks or months when the business might just cut off for a little. Plan C is, freelancers who’ve been around for a while know that long-term clients is the way to go, and when they feel like they’re about to end things with one of these clients, they start looking for others, or accept offers from others of the sort, way before the last paycheck from the current one arrives.