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An opinion is an opinion. Nothing more.
I don’t care if the person holding that opinion has been to school for 30 years. Because when it comes down to it, there’s a fundamental difference between “opinion” and “fact.”
It is so easy to fall into the line of thinking that says: “That guy is an expert. He knows what he’s doing. Therefore, I’m going to trust 100% of what he says.”
But should we really?
We automatically put our “blind faith” into those with degrees or positions of power, assuming they’re never wrong. But I am gathering more and more proof on a daily basis of how shortsighted that idea really is.
Their opinions are opinions, not facts.
Let me lay out some examples:
These people have gone and spent years of their life developing or acquiring a degree in the medical profession. Yet, they still call it a “practice.” They are still learning on a daily basis. By law, they even have to go to continuing education and take more classes on the latest discoveries.
And then when they tell you their best thinking and give you their advice—it’s an opinion. And you’re supposed to go and get two or three more opinions. One person’s opinion certainly should not give you 100% certainty about what you just heard. Or about what you should actually do.
These guys are in the same boat. They, too, call their occupation a “practice.” Many years of schooling, study, reading tons of thick books, and test taking… and they still don’t know it all. They can give you the best of what they know. They can tell you what they think is true. But in the end, it still is an opinion.
These are people with degrees in numbers. In accounting, specifically. I don’t know how someone can take something that in my mind is so black and white—adding numbers together—and have so many different opinions.
I promise you—if you take all of your financial information from the last year to three different CPAs to do your taxes, you will be guaranteed to get 3 completely different answers. I don’t mean they will be within a few dollars of each other. I mean, they could be tens of thousands of dollars apart.
(At that point—when deciding which one to actually go with or accept and pay, we’re going with my opinion to pay the lowest!)
Opinions are a dime a dozen. Everyone has one. If you’re seeking counsel (an opinion), then you do want to listen and evaluate the information you’re given as applied to your current situation. You must be humble and thankful for the information given. During the process you must listen and do so with grace and appreciation.
But at some point, YOU will have to make a final decision on an opinion, on the council you have received. If you are the one on stage, then we have to know what YOU feel, what YOU think, what YOU believe to be true.
What does that look like?
If your name is on the cover the book—you must gather all the facts on the techniques, the text, and transcript—and then we must go with what YOU feel. You are the one who must make the final decision. Because you are the one who must live with the consequences.
If you are optimizing your blog or online business, then at some point you really do have to make your own decision based on all the information you have gathered. It might really come down to a gut feeling. There are flaws even with A/B testing. All facts can be misinterpreted.
If you are an entrepreneur, be careful whose opinions you trust. After all, 97% of them, statistically, are wrong! After a few years, only about 3% of businesses survive.
If you are the one footing the bill, you have to be more right than you’re wrong. At least by that 1%. Meaning 51%. But if you are wrong, you must be in a position to correct that situation instantly.
Quickly do all you can to find out if you are right or wrong. Most decisions will need adjustment a long the way. Possibly every hour. And that’s normal. That’s the rhythm of creation.
You must remember – SOMETHING is always better than NOTHING. Because SOMETHING can be corrected. SOMETHING can be adjusted. Nothing cannot be corrected or adjusted. Because it is nonexistent.
Constantly look at your options. Make an informed choice. And add massive action. This is how you effectively handle the opinions of others.
How do you sort through the opinions of experts when it comes to YOUR life?
P.S. I want to give a shout out to all my friends and associates that are doctors, lawyers, and CPAs. I sincerely appreciate all you do. And I’m grateful for all of your “opinions” for my business and my life. :-)