In my last blog post I mentioned the “know-it-all nerd” and how he ruined my hackathon experience. I got a little heated reminiscing about the hackathon so I figured I would write a blog post about the archetype. You probably know the type of person I am talking about. He or she is always correcting everyone, whether it is the pronunciation of Nicaragua or the “proper” definition of a monad. He or she is uncompromising and always has to win every argument. It doesn’t matter if this person is correct, they need to appear correct and better than others.
I am not sure why people act like this. I guess it is some sort of superiority complex. Maybe it is because they weren’t good at sports as a child and decide that life should be competitive. Maybe their dying father said “always be right no matter what.” Who knows.
If this sounds like you, please stop acting like a know-it-all. There is a funny Simpsons quote where homer tells Lisa “I’m really glad you corrected me, Lisa. People are always really glad when they’re corrected.” Make it a new years resolution to stop alienating yourself from your friends and co-workers. Someone (me) might smack you if you don’t stop. And if you must must must correct people, at least be CORRECT YOURSELF.