If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others.
If you’re the smartest man in the room, you need a new crowd.
My wife, Kay and I enjoy the dynamics and mind-games of the reality show, Survivor. It’s one of the most intriguing and ingenious social games that has ever been played. Human nature is revealed—lying verses loyalty—integrity verses immorality—add the incredible physical challenges and lack of food, you’ve got an amazing dynamic at work in the contestants.
But let’s enlarge our conception of the game called Survivor. The earth is a secluded island in the universe and we’re doing life with a population of unique characters, each with their own story and diverse in their moral compass, navigating to get to the end.
It seems as if every season of Survivor there is a “Know-it-all” on the island. The one who thinks that they are superior to all others in the game. The “Know-it-all” boasts and act as if they’re going to dominate everyone, only to find themselves blindsided by their ignorance—voted off the island.
I’ve seen this happen in life as well. Those who are so arrogant to think that they are the smartest man in the room. They walk puffed up and with the stride of self-assurance. However, before they know it, someone has outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted them.
The key to winning this reality game is to learn from previous players. Take the lessons that others have learned the hard way and apply them to your game. That’s wisdom.
Look around you—is there anyone that you can learn from.