About Opinions: Day One of My 30 Day Challenge
I keep reading about the 30 Day Challenge and after 11 months I am finally ready, I think, to take the challenge, but I still can't believe I'm trying this. You get an idea, you sit and you write. My concern is what happens when you don't get an idea and you want to write? All I can do is see where this takes me.
I always have plenty to say so why can't I write? I mean really, my family always says I'm never at a loss for words. I can always give advice and tell someone else what to do, not saying it's always right. Don't get the idea I'm opinionated, I just want to help. I never say I'm right just "in my opinion". Everyone looks for advice and they want it in the form of your opinion. How many times has someone said "What do you think?" No matter what your answer is someone will have a dissenting opinion for sure.
Offered opinions are a good thing as long as you don't try to force them on someone as gospel or think you're right all the time. No one is right all the time and no one has the right to tell someone else what to do with their life.
Since I've moved right along to opinions, exactly what constitutes an opinion? Dictionary.com states,
1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
2.a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.
I think the operative word is "insufficient". An opinion is really insufficient to be a fact or "complete certainty". Lots of people have sound opinions but they are only opinions. It would be foolish to base any decisions you need to make purely on one person's opinion. Sure you can take someone's opinion into consideration but wouldn't it be wise to get more than one opinion? Then, after getting several opinions, weigh each one and try to decide which ones make sense and which one don't.
There are many types of opinions including collective opinions and opinion polls. A Public Opinion Poll (similar to an opinion survey) is accepted for just that. A poll of people's opinions to give you a basic idea of what a group of people are thinking. Frequently public opinion polls are used in politics to give politicians an idea of what people think about what they are doing or what they are about to do. There have been many presidential public opinion polls, trying to figure out how the people people feel about the president or what he is doing or not doing. Probably the most well known public opinion poll is the Gallup Poll. It seems we've been using the Gallup Poll for over 65 years and it is used around the world and has come to be respected as reliable. Gallup continues to conduct polls and is possibly one of the most watched polls. Of course a margin of error should be factored into any poll. Someone could be having an off day and just give an answer to get the poll over with, or not wanting people to know what they really think they could give a false answer, or any other number of possible errors. A good poll taker will factor in the margin of error.
There are newspapers that feature opinion pages or articles that are stated as such, opinions. some of the opinions are from the general population and some are from the newspaper staff -the newspaper itself. An editorial is an opinion piece written by someone on the newspaper staff.
There's a website called epinions.com that provides reviews by real people on such things as cars, books, movies, music, computers, electronics, gifts, home and garden, kids and family, office supplies, sports, travel and more. This is a good site to check out how other people feel about something you might be thinking of buying. Reading several opinions will give you an idea of what people think, especially people who have already used the product you are thinking about.
Court Opinions are a little different than ordinary opinions. When a Court issues an opinion, it is really an explanation by a judge and is supported by facts. A Court Opinion usually accompanies an explanation by the Court of how or why it reached a particular decision.
What about a medical opinion? That is usually an opinion stated by a professional who has knowledge of what is happening and based on that knowledge he gives his opinion. How many times has a patient decided to seek a "second medical opinion" because he is not satisfied with the medical opinion of the first doctor?
There is an Audit Opinion whereby the auditor expresses his opinions based on sound accounting practices.
What about opinionated? I did mention that early on...people think of opinionated as stubborn and cocky. It doesn't necessarily have to be something bad. Someone who is opinionated is someone who doesn't stay quiet and isn't afraid to give their opinion. On the other hand, someone who is opinionated can be conceited and overly assertive. The problem is not the opinionated part but more the person's personality and how they express their opinions. Some people refuse to believe their opinion could be wrong...opinionated.
Of course there's constructive criticism which is also really someone's opinion of what you're doing but it's aimed at helping you improve.
No matter how you look at it or what you call it opinions are here to stay. If you're in to text messaging you'll know that IMHO means In My Humble Opinion. IMHO the best way to deal with opinions is to use them sparingly when giving them and take them with a grain of salt when they're given to you.
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