J. Gordon Duncan

Culture, Business, Fitness, Etc.

A Dozen Do-Nots: Assumptions

assumptionsAs much as people hate for others to assume things about them, everyone is prone to assuming.  And here is the crazy thing:  assumptions are so often wrong.  Even worse, assumptions are belittling.  Assumptions say, “You are not worth knowing; I already know enough without speaking to you.”

In light of those dangers, I present A Dozen Do-Nots:  Assumptions.

A Do-Nots:  Assumptions

  1. Do not assume you know what someone is thinking.
  2. Do not assume that you would make better decisions in someone else’s circumstances.
  3. Do not assume your experience equals someone else’s experience.
  4. Do not assume you are smarter than anyone.
  5. Do not assume you are a better person than others.
  6. Do not assume people would have it easier if they took your advice.
  7. Do not assume you would do a better job parenting someone else’s child.
  8. Do not assume you understand the pressures that someone else is going through.
  9. Do not assume you have the best idea in the room.
  10. Do not assume you’ve been heard until someone repeats what you’ve said.
  11. Do not assume you can teach until someone has learned.
  12. Do not assume God, or anyone else, is impressed with you.

A Dozen Do-Nots is part of an on-going series.  You will also find posts about the Dozen from Mike Askew at http://bit.ly/4nnOim.  The idea is to present 12 simple things to avoid in the most practical of areas.

Others in the Series:

Being a Humble Person

Going on a First Date

Meeting Someone for the First Time

Writing

Writing a Sermon

Parenting

Running

Making Your Wife Happy

Marriage Communication

Church Planting

This article also appears at the Raleigh Examiner.

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October 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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