Yeah I know, you’ve probably heard the opposite; that you shouldn’t care about what other people say about you and that you should just focus on your own thing. Well I’m the first one to tell you, that you’re absolutely 100% correct. I couldn’t agree more with you. BUT, opinions do matter though. A lot of people are opinionated right? Most people spew their opinions presented as facts about things that they don’t know about and what may be very important to you. Everyone, I really mean, everyone has had these types of experiences in their lives. Some person randomly giving his/her unwanted opinion and leaves you shattered behind. I don’t want you to feel this way when someone rips your idea to shreds with their opinion for example! That’s why in this blogpost I’m going to explain to you why opinions matter a lot in your self-development.
They fuel your inner fire
‘It’s so annoying, I don’t know why that person is saying that’ or ‘I’m going to prove that person wrong’ are the only two ways you can deal with opinions when someone is giving you his/her opinion. Choose for ‘I’m going to prove that person wrong’, because this helps you with building mental strength that you need for the rest of your life. The other one, and I’m sorry if this may sound harsh, is the choice of the pathetic people. In your life you’ll get more people saying ‘no’ to you than they will ever say yes to you. Fact. And if you always get affected by what people say about you, then you’ll have a hard time living the life that you wanted for yourself. So prove them wrong, and show them why you’re right, because trust me, you are right.
Knowing who you don’t want to be
Don’t you ‘hate’ those people who always give their unwanted and unasked opinions? They are so full of themselves, thinking they know something about everything. Hate may be a strong word to use, but still you feel some hostility towards them. Maybe you think that they were always like this since they were born, except that’s not the case. Their environment in which they grew up + their conscious choice, made them to become opinionated instead of knowledge-orientated. You can only learn one thing from these types of people; who you shouldn’t become when you grow up or simply just never ever in your life. Opinionated people are excellent examples of people who aren’t happy with their lives, have low self-esteem and don’t have any social skills. I often say; you can learn from your own mistakes, but what is even better is you learning from other peoples mistakes. And in this case, this couldn’t be any more than the truth!
They make you less ignorant
I always try to see the good in everything so let’s be honest, opinionated people aren’t always wrong. Sometimes we are so stubborn with defending our own ideas and goals that we seem to forget that what’s realistic and what’s not. And that’s where opinionated people jump in. Although the execution of the how they bring their perspective over to you may have some flaws, some people really do have the best intentions for you in their mind when telling you their opinion. And sometimes it’s better to listen to something you may not want to hear, instead of finding out later in your life that that was exactly what you needed to hear, but that you were to stubborn to listen.
So in sum, I hope that this blogpost made you aware of the fact that opinions do have some sort of value to you. You may not like everyone’s opinion, but don’t ignore them completely. Always listen first and then react. Don’t be that guy who doesn’t even listen to someone else’s opinion, otherwise you’re the same as the people who give their unwanted opinion.
My question for you is: what role do opinions play in your life and how do you deal with them?
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