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I liked yesterday’s post from Seth Godin’s blog about how frustrating it is when you ask someone their opinion and they don’t want to admit they have no opinion and then hide behind counter-questions:

Too many people, when asked for their opinion, dissemble. Instead of giving an opinion, they push back. They ask,

  • What do you think?
  • Did you do any research?
  • Can we do a focus group?
  • What did Will say?
  • There’s a typo on page three
  • How long do we have to study this?
  • Can we form a committee?

This is the work of the resistance. This is your lizard brain, hiding. It feels safe. It’s not.

You’re an expert. If nothing else, you’re an expert on life, on your opinion, on being a consumer. When I ask you for your opinion I’m not asking you for the right answer. I’m asking you for your opinion.

I know I’ve been accused in the past of being opinionated – but honestly people at least I have an opinion!