This is something Jim Cramer said on Twitter this week. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Unfortunately, Mr. Cramer gets insulted a lot on Twitter. I happen to like him a lot. He makes the world of finance fun.
Coming back to the insult part… I think he’s bang on. I often feel that the Internet has given people a voice but, sometimes that’s not always such a good thing. Someone wrote a few posts to me this week. He simply called me a few choice names because I had mentioned a few stocks I like. Instead of pointing out to me why I was wrong, he simply proceeded to call me an idiot. This is not constructive or helpful in any way.
The truth is, I know exactly who I am but when people say such things, it does feel… something. Hurt would be too strong a word and I can’t seem to find the right one right now.
It doesn’t matter who you’re saying it to, there’s no reason for you to be mean to someone unnecessarily.
I usually have strong opinions about a great many things. To add to that, I’m usually quite knowledgeable as well on most topics, because I spend a lot of time studying and reading (I’m a bit of a nerd!). But, I’ve learned one important thing in life….
Just because you have an opinion on something doesn’t always mean that you need to voice it. Just because you know better doesn’t always mean you need to correct other people.
Sure, if I see someone in danger and I know saying something can save him, I will… even if I seem high-handed. But, short of that I try to keep my mouth shut.
I wasn’t always like this. When I was younger, I would voice my opinions. But, I was always careful never to be hurtful; I always made sure not to insult anyone or sound entitled. However, I also didn’t realize it wasn’t always welcome.
I suppose now that I’m older, I’m wiser and I’m a happier person for it.