Here 5 of the many things about me that I don’t like and that tend to get me into trouble. I think I need to work on fixing them
1. I am snarky and sarcastic. Sometimes I say things that make people think I may have swallowed razor blades.
2. I am a grudge holder. Don’t make me mad because I will remember.
3. I jump to conclusions. I make rash decisions without knowing all the facts.
4. I speak before I think things through. I say whatever pops into my head… without thinking… sometimes it doesn’t turn out well.
5. I am a know it all. This one is on my mind today and I want to talk to you about it.
I have always been a know it all. I remember being in elementary school and feeling compelled to correct my teachers because I knew more than them. When I was in my 20s I always knew I was right about things and I had to make sure everyone knew (especially the hubs… it is amazing that he kept me around).
Know it alls are annoying. I can’t stand being around other people that have to “educate” me at every opportunity on everything. The older I get the more I can’t stand it. I have been known to call my parents and apologize for being like that when I was younger.
I have tried to curb my know it all behaviors but sometimes it just happens. Things come out of my mouth before I realize it (see #4 above). As I am saying them my mind is cursing me for being a know it all.
Sometimes, though, I don’t even realize I am being a know it all. This was brought to my attention today. Last week another colleague and I were having a conversation about technology in our classrooms. The conversation was broad and covered a spectrum of issues. This colleague then went and shared part our conversation with another colleague. It got back to me that the other colleague said “That Casey Campbell thinks she knows everything,” in a nasty and degrading tone.
I have been stewing on this all day. It really hurt my feelings. Especially since in this particular case, I have had some responsibilities dumped on me. I get phone calls everyday (sometimes every hour) to troubleshoot technology problems or help someone with technology implementation. I know I should get over it. I don’t know who it was that said it about me and while there are a few hateful people in my building, for the most part I really do work with great people.
I don’t want to be a know it all. I want to be great at what I do and I want to help other good, too. I guess I just need to work on my tone and my timing.