What happens when you think you are always right?

Are you one of those people who is very sure that he is always right? Or at least always right on a certain topic?

Do you think you are always right?

Does it make you welcomed in the hearts of family and coworkers? Most of the time, your family will love you anyway or at least put up with you but if you project that image at work, you will find that cooperation from your coworkers may grind to a standstill.

Are you sending signals?

Sometimes you may not notice you are sending signals. You may just find that you aren’t getting the response you thought you should from others around. You might invoke arguments from some but others will sit quiet seething inside as you push your ideas or thoughts on them without listening.

This type of personality doesn’t work well on a team nor does the “always right” person get along with authority well in many cases. It takes some intense introspection to realize that you are the reason that relationships and business opportunities are falling short of your expectations.

How can you change?

If you are aware that you are the “always right” person, you might want to reassess how authoritatively you exert your opinion and practice improving the way you communicate, starting by listening to other opinions without a totally closed mind. Why would you want to? In this economy, whether you are employed, unemployed, or in your own business, you need to be able to relate to others in the best possible way and project an image of being willing to work with others.

When I explore this with my clients to ensure they project the right image throughout their job search. If the “always right” attitude is holding you back from getting a job, winning a promotion, or gaining new clients or customers, it is time to rethink your strategy and your way of communicating! Learn more.



  1. Melissa Cooley on July 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I knew someone like that once. What’s worse is that he knew it and was proud of it (talked about how the company created a procedure for when he found something wrong with the system, etc.) He was very smart and articulate, but lacked tact when it came to putting forth his ideas.

    Anyone serious about managing a career needs to keep this in mind!

    • Julie Walraven on August 2, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Thanks, Melissa. I am convinced we need to keep this in mind no matter who we are. When you project that image as a business owner, it can be just as damaging as it is to a job seeker.

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