You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him find it within himself. – Galileo
We’re told that we must be transparent and say it like it is. Nothing wrong with that sentiment however it never helps to inform someone that they’re wrong! Especially when it’s done in a very direct non-emotional way. We don’t have to skirt the issue but like with most things in life, balance is necessary. How can we let someone know that they’re wrong?
11th Dale Carnegie Principle: Show respect for the other person’s opinion. Never say, “You’re wrong.”
Here’s an excerpt from the book attributed to Carl Rogers who wrote the book ‘On Becoming a Person”
Our first reaction to most statements is an evaluation or judgment, rather than an understanding of it. … Our tendency is almost immediately to feel, "that’s right," or "that’s stupid," "that’s abnormal," that’s unreasonable," "that’s incorrect," "that’s not nice." Very rarely do we permit ourselves to understand precisely what the meaning of the statements is to the other person.
Daily Affirmation: Today I truly understand what others say!
Recommendation: How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie