When I go looking for different products to use, whether it’s running shoes, peanut butter or something as small as toothpaste, I like to see where the opinion of the person/blog/business I am asking is coming from.
Let me clarify, I want to know if the person telling me to buy Brooks running shoes is being sponsored by or affiliated with Brooks.
I want to know if the person telling me all the amazing things about a specialty $10 jar of peanut butter was given the product to sample and rave about.
Usually, there is a disclaimer towards the bottom or the side or a sponsors page (I have one too) letting others know their connection with said brand. Honestly, that doesn’t really have too big an influence on whether I buy the product, but I think transparency is important.
Our government should be so bold, but I digress.
On the flip side, where I think this transparency or disclaimer is not appropriate is in the context of people’s lives.
I find people degrade their own opinions almost before they give them. In the same way I mentioned in this post, people feel the need to defend their food choices.
Why is this? Why must we put a disclaimer on how we feel? Why must we automatically put down our own intelligence as soon as we say something we feel passionately about? After all, it’s only one person’s opinion and not everyone has to agree. The people reading should know that or they should not be reading.
I am sad for the people who start a sentence with “I’m a bad [insert descriptive word here], but this is what I have to say…”
Simply SAY IT!
DO NOT put yourself down, or degrade your opinions. You are a human being, a person, and all your opinions are valid.
These same people are the ones who fish for compliments. I also wrote about accepting the compliment and saying thank you.
“Oh, I ran a sub-20:00 5K, but you ran a sub 19:00 5K so my accomplishment is not as good as yours. You’re better than me.”
Arg, just stop it.
You do not need to have a disclaimer on your life or your opinions. You do not need to always justify your bold opinion or water down the way you feel.
Just say what you mean. It’s so much simpler that way.