Someone I considered pretty close to me likes to say, “He always has to be right,” or “He gets-off on proving people wrong,” in reference to me. Whether it’s in a joking/ teasing way or not, I’m not gonna lie, this kinda gets to me. I don’t consider myself a know-it-all. I do enjoy sharing what I do know with others, and maybe that’s what gives me the vibe of an arrogant know-it-all. But I enjoy sharing things with others because personally I like learning and knowing new things.
I value truth very highly. If I hear something that is contrary to my understanding I will say something. I’m not trying to make anyone look bad, but I think it is important that myths and misconceptions are addressed. Ok, maybe I do have a tendency to make corrections to even the most trivial of statements. That’s just kinda who I am. If I don’t know something, I’ll almost always look it up. That being said I am the first to acknowledge when I am wrong. If my understanding of something is contrary to the latest, most accurate evidence I would gladly embrace that truth, but I don’t take it personally. Maybe I get a little embarrassed, especially if I defended my position (which I think is 100% valid), but it doesn’t hurt my feelings.
Perhaps this is something that I need to take a step back on so I can look at how I interact with others. If am perceived to be arrogant, that makes it harder to connect with people, which ultimately inhibits me. I will never apologize for advocating for truth and for facts, but I will try to be better about how I approach sharing information and how I address potential misunderstandings, and I hope others will do the same.