I was watching another of my favorite reality television series a few weeks back when Bethenny Frankel said something that just blew me away. I swear her intro line, “If you can’t handle the truth, you can’t handle me!”, couldn’t be more perfect for her because she is always laying out some kind of truth that sorely needs to be heard by a lot more folks. That’s why I am going to share this one.
“You can’t play stupid and smart at the same time. You can’t pretend that you know everything about business and you’re into everything and then pretend you know nothing and you’re just trying to put food on the table.”
I know people that do this and they always have some kind of an underhanded agenda that’s self serving. The same was true about the circumstance that led Bethenny Frankel to drop this nugget of truth on the viewers. The surprised looks and feigned shock as they say, “Oh! I had no idea this would destroy you!” These are the folks that take a huge crap on you and then make you feel you should apologize to them for pointing out their big pile of poo to them. Hell, you might even feel inclined to clean it up too!
Take heed because this one statement will open your eyes to situations you’re a lot better off living without. Smart people that act stupid are some of the most untrustworthy sorts you’ll run across in life. Once you guess their game, if you’re smart, you’ll walk away before they end up making you feel stupid for sticking around.
(I swear, I learn more about myself watching some of these shows than I ever learn about them.)