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Old 03-05-2006, 06:34 PM   #1
 
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About 15 years ago, I had a client tell me that.

See, I have always been the "class clown" and when I do something wrong, I will usually just shout out that I am STUPID for having done whatever I did wrong. Well, one day I forgot to order a gallon of paint or something like that, and in front of a client, I just blurted out; "Geez I'm Stupid!"

Much to my surprise, the client turned around, looked me dead in the eye and said, "I don't think you are stupid Paul, I just think that you are Ignorant."

Now if we had been in a bar, and she had of been her husband and said that, I'd a knocked him in the nogin with something, depending on his size! Kidding

But you know, after she explained herself, she was exactly correct about me. She knew me well enough to know that I wasn't stupid, I had just never taken the time or effort to do much "book" LEARNIN'. IOW's I might not know a lot about a lot of things, but I do have the ability to LEARN about them, IF I desire. I think that a lot of us old "redneck hippies" that grew-up with the idea of turning-on, dropping-out, and tuning-in, have ended up similar to me in that way. And if Timothy Leary, or Mr. Natural were out of town, we could always get drunk and pick a fight to break the boredom.

The point of this post is that a lot of "educated" people, and even some that are not, try to take advantage of us ignorant's. They test us with 3 syllable words, or more, and maybe even ask us if we have had our carnibular pin serviced lately. Then, when I look back at them with a blank stare while thinking about that gallon of paint I need to order, they really try to take advantage. I have seen/listened to people like that, go on for hours without taking a breath. Cuz the think, that i think, that they are brilliant, because I don't understand what they are talking about. The funny thing is, they don't either! They have just gotten away with it enough times in other situations, to keep using it when they can. It's the ol, if you can't dazzle them with brilliance, just baffle them with bull********************. Sometimes, I will really screw them up by saying something like; "hey Joe, I'm really kind of slow, so could you say repeat what you just said in a way that a 10 year old could understand?" And if their face immediatel turns red, I know that I gottem! I mean how do you simplify an imaginary word, such as "carnibular pin"? And they are really screwed if they have told a whole story that revolved around the carnibulaar pin!

The only reason that I posted this, is that people do it in these forums also. They write responses in WORD, find synonyms that make themselves sound smarter to the audience, take several days to answer easy questions if they had of been honest in the their post that provokes the question, etc.,

It has also happened to me lately while interviewing people to take my position/job. The ones that hd never really accomplished much, would talk like they were the head surgeon at John's Hopkins. And I never understood a word they said. Others, who had acomplished quite a few successes, spoke clearly, slowly, and so that a 10 year old would understand them.

My question is; Do you all see people like I have described here. Or am I just paranoid or truely stupid and all of those that I don't understand are really smart. I don't think so though. I have talked to LOTS of "genious" types inmy day, and I can usually understand them fairly well. I may have to stop them on a word or two here and there, but for the most part, they make perfect sense. Where the true B.S'ers, will "sound like they are really saying something, but when you try to cyfer what they said, you find that they either were baffling with BS, or just "parotting" someone else that they recently read or talked to.

I guess I started thiking about this because of these BB's. Because I know that I have probably learned as much or more from people that "read" fairly uneducated, and those that "read" like they are really smart, really are not saying anything, or they certainly aren't saying anything original. It's like plagerism (sp?) straight from the book or tape, right othese BB's. As a matter of fact, I have read something one day on a BB, and then read the very same thing, almost verbatem, in a book the next day. And I know that we all learn from the same books, trainers ,etc., and repeat what we learn here on BB's, but some of these people are like copying entire chapters from Tom Hopkins, Ziglar, and the rest.

Has anyone else noticed these types? I'm not talking about this BB in particular. As a matter of fact, I don't think that i have read a duplicate chapter YET, but has it happened to you in the past?

Why do people try to make themselves appear smarter than they realy are? Why do they TRY to put other people down, so that they will appear BIG. Don't most people see through those people? Or was I just born with some amazing gift that allows to smell people that are full of sh**, and those that shoot straight? I doubt the latter.

Sorry, I am out of town, alone, on a new laptop, and babbling. I mean noone any harm. I am just bored and don't feel like doing things that I SHOULD be doing. Instead, I'm typing rambling posts while thinking of who and how to hire my dirty work! LOL

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Paul
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Old 03-05-2006, 06:48 PM   #2
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Ignorance is a lack of knowledge. I have no problem admitting that I don't know about the 1,000 different types of insurance or how to fly the Space Shuttle and many other things. I have little doubt that I COULD learn this had the opportunity or interest occurred.

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My dad once told me "you can't fix stupid".
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I was discussing my business startup with a guy the other day and he rambled on for at least an hour about how you should break every law in the book if you can get away with it. Everything he said not only went against everything I know to be good and decent, but also against every bit of good advice I've ever recieved including info on this forum.

At first I was all ears because he seemed to know what he was talking about, but eventually I realized this guy was just flappin his gums and chest thumping in front of someone that he thought was buying his BS because I am a noob. I was his captive audience and as long as I sat there the garbage coming out of his mouth was unrelenting.

I finally called him on one of his points and I wouldn't back down. After about 5 minutes he got really frustrated and got up and left, muttering something about young smartasses. He hasn't spoken to me since.
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Good for you Cutnroll... Makes you feel good doesn't it This is of topic but every time i see your name I have to double check it...
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Rent 'Back to School' with Rodney Dangerfield, a good correlation.

I have worked for A-H's like that and most of them have 'made it' BUT everybody hates them.
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And if Timothy Leary, or Mr. Natural were out of town, we could always get drunk and pick a fight to break the boredom.
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...but when you try to cyfer what they said...
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My question is; Do you all see people like I have described here. Or am I just paranoid or truely stupid and all of those that I don't understand are really smart.


I'm just gonna guess that based on your admission of tripping acid, smoking weed, and getting drunk and fighting just to break the boredom, you might just be paranoid and stupid. LSD and excessive amounts of alcohol KILL THE NEURONS IN YOUR BRAIN. You don't get those back.
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I think you are a pretty smart guy Paul.
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I'm just gonna guess that based on your admission of tripping acid, smoking weed, and getting drunk and fighting just to break the boredom, you might just be paranoid and stupid. LSD and excessive amounts of alcohol KILL THE NEURONS IN YOUR BRAIN. You don't get those back.

Did I really say those things? Thank God! I thought there was something wrong with water. You mean "it's just BAD acid?" I gotta go and tell almost everybody I know the good news. Thanks man, now maybe we can stop drinking so much beer. Wait, i haven't had a beer since 1992! And I haven't tripped since the 70's. Well, maybe once or twice. "No man, I'm Dave"

"Throw my brain in a hurricane,.. and blind can have my eyes .....and the deaf can take both of my ears if they don't mind the sound.
Send my stomach to Millwaukie if they run out of beer..... put my socks in a cedar box, just gettem outta here...... Venus de Milo can have my arms,.... lookout! I've got your nose..... Sell my heart to junk man, and give my love to Rose. But please don't bury meeeee down it that cold, cold ground..... No I'd rather havem cut me up, and pass me all around ........
Give my feet to the footloose, Careless, fancy free
Give my knees to the needy, Don't ya pull that stuff on me
Hand me down my walking cane, It's a sin to tell a lie
Send my mouth way down south, And kiss my ass goodbye!"


"Where's the field party tonight, dude?"

Those were the day my friend, I thought they'd never end. Wait, they haven't...

"What do you think he's building in there? He doesn't have any friends, but he gets a lot of mail! I think he did a little time in jail. What the hell is he building in there? Someone said that he used to live in a town called Mayor's Income Illinois. He's got a skill saw, a router, and a drop light. He only works at night. What's he building in there?

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