There seems to be some question about the originator of this quote, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt”. It has been credited to both Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln. Since neither of them is around to claim it as his own, I am officially taking full credit for it. Let their heirs talk to my attorney. If they haven’t settled this in the hundred-plus years they’ve both been dead, I doubt that this blog post is going to do much to stir up their ghosts.
Regardless of all that, I still stand by the concept (otherwise, why would I have created it in the first place?). Let’s face it, at one time or another, we have all found ourselves in conversation with another person and the whole time, our internal BS meter is pinging off the charts. We know they’re lying or, at the very least, exaggerating, and yet we continue to listen (or pretend to). Speaking for myself (if I won’t, who will?), many is the time I have egged on the other party, just to see how deeply into their nonsense they can dig. Why would I do this? Most likely because I have too much free time.
And that, my friends, is sarcasm.
The Ladders ran a great piece about this recently, called “Study: 4 ways good people make bad first impressions“. It truly cuts through the crap (pardon the expression) in an effort to help us learn how to avoid this professional pitfall. If I can stop one of my readers from suffering an injury from excessive eye-rolling, my work here is done.
Yeah…I know. Not what you were expecting, right? Gotta keep you on your toes!