Do some people limit themselves by restricting their associations to those people that tend to agree with them? Do some limit themselves even further by reading, listening and watching only content from sources aligned with their views? Is this the ultimate self-fulfilling prophecy?
“Things that I felt absolutely sure of but a few years ago, I do not believe now. This thought makes me see more clearly how foolish it would be to expect all men to agree with me.”–Jim Rohn
If people respect each other, is it necessary that they agree on everything? Does a leader prefer those who agree with everything proposed by those in charge? Do strong leaders rather expect authenticity and courage of convictions from staff? While friends tend to have many shared interests, beliefs and experiences, are true friends expected to agree on almost everything?
Is it always necessary for people to get agreement from others for their views and opinions? Is that advantageous for the development of an idea? Is a different perspective advantageous, even if it does not lead to change? Can we learn from someone sharing an alternative view, even if we disagree with it?
“If two people always agree, one of them is redundant.”–Ben Bernarke
Why do some people have a need for others to agree with them? Is it a lack of confidence in their beliefs? Is it a self-esteem issue? Does it demonstrate a lack of authenticity? Are they afraid to be wrong?
Are you dependent on the agreement of others, to validate your opinions? Are you an authentic person, confident in your perspectives and unafraid of differing views? Do you relish hearing opinions that differ from yours? Do you confidently share your views, without the expectation of support or agreement?