Who Gave You Permission To Be A Jerk? It’s Not Ok, Ok?
The world has changed, a lot for the better, and a lot for the worse. Our society goes through ups and downs, but change is the constant in how we think, feel and act to each other.
Right now, in 2020, we’re at a low point in how we treat each other.
Why? Because we’re the unhappiest generation of humans that have ever existed. We’ve changed, and not for the better. My time in politics made this crystal clear to me. Also my time coaching youth sports. The amount of disgusting, vitriolic hate coming from people these days is mind numbing, and I fear it’s going to get worse, before it gets better, if it ever does.
Blatant promotion, I’ve got a new book out. It’s $.99 cents today if you’re feeling like splurging you big spender. The book is called The Unskippable Handbook For Dealing with JERKS, IDIOTS & TERRIBLE People. I wrote it with my friend Lisa Picarille.
- It’s a short read.
- It has swear words.
- It’s super snarky, but super fun.
You probably shouldn’t read it if you don’t like fun, and you don’t like swear words, and you are easily offended. But, if you do like all those things, you will love it. Please review it after if you like it.
At the end of the book we have a chapter called, “Maybe You’re The Jerk, Idiot Or Terrible Person?” In that chapter I make this conclusion.
Stop Saying, “I’m Just Honest”?
This is quite possibly the biggest, and most jerkiest, response that all a**holes give when justifying why they act the way they act. They say…
“I’m not an asshole, I’m just being honest.”
Honestly? No, you’re just being a dick.
Honesty is a valiant thing and should be commended. But you can be honest, and still NOT be a jerk. You don’t have to say every thought that comes out of your brain. You can filter yourself.
What you’re saying when you say, “I’m just being honest” is essentially, “I can say whatever I want regardless of anyone else’s opinion or views because that’s my view and people can shove it if they don’t like it, because that’s who I am.”
Fine, you’re right. But that is extremely arrogant, and self-serving.
Yes, I disagree with a lot of people, just like you do. But that doesn’t mean I have to tell them. That doesn’t mean I have to be a jerk about it.
Social media is a perfect example of this. A friend or family member posts something that you disagree with, and you have a choice of either jumping in and counter pointing it, or you could just walk away.
So here’s my challenge to you this week. Attempt to NOT get into an argument with someone about something. Then text me and tell me about something someone said or did that bothered the heck out of you, but you decided NOT to respond.
Text me now. (216) 236-8294
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