Monthly Archives: October 2013

Is Bill Gates’ opinion more important than yours?

Most of you will probably answer: Duh, of course – Bill Gates is a legend and you’re not. That’s true, but does that mean that he’s “qualified” to offer valuable feedback on anything? We think not. We often times tend to think that people like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Richard Branson know something about everything (or most things), maybe because they get involved in so many things, from business to philanthropy, writing, sports, politics, etc. And some of them may be very good at most of the things they do, but some aren’t and we should not assume that they are. For instance, what do you think about Donald Trump’s TV show The apprentice? Would you take recruiting advice from Donald Trump?

In our opinion, who you are is not very relevant in both online and offline conversations – what matters is what you think and how you express it. If you treat people differently based on who they are, the conversation will stop being authentic and it has little (or no) value.

What do you think? Who’s feedback is more important? There are experts that very few people ever heard of which may offer a much valuable opinion on some topics than anyone else and there are those who may know less but are very well known in their field. Who do you trust more and why? Should we put people’s feedback in a balance to measure it? If yes, what would be a fair system to measure it?

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Photo: Old two pan balance
By Nikodem Nijaki (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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