Hey, you know what they say about opinions…..they are like…….and everybody has one.
Opinions are the best. The first amendment says that in America we all get to have freedom of speech. There are some limitations about that but they are small.
The thought for today is, I know that you have the right to your opinion, but what is the weight of your opinion?
An opinion about the job is aways relevant, except on the fireground. The fireground and to many degrees the fire department organization itself is not Burger King….You don’t get to have it your way!
If your are truly an expert in your field then you have a right to expert opinion. The question here becomes who proclaimed you an expert? The court and judicial system/ An academic university? Does the fact that you have a PHD or a Masters degree give you expert status? Does the fact that you have written a book given you expert status? All of these have been considered in the past and I guess the listener has the right to determine your expert status.
If you have a ton of education but absolutely no practical experience does that your opinion mean more than someone with a limited education with multiple years of experience? I guess that your opinion is sort of like beauty, it is really in the eye of the beholder.
My advice, guidance and purpose for this week is this:
when you render opinion, know what the weight and limitations might be on that opinion. You have the right to express it, but others have no obligation to accept it.
I know this all too well by delivering an international podcast every wekk, and that is that I express my opinion every week on the podcast.
Sometimes, (and I am grateful) that many agree, but I cannot allow myself to get angry when someone disagrees. You see that is their right as well. Because I profess it, does not make it true.
My hope this week is this: If you have something to say, say it. Remember however that everyone else’s right might be to disagree.
Don’t be disappointed, don’t be angry, just realize that everyone has an opinion.
How we react to disagreement really speaks volumes about our character.
Think about it.