You should never assume

Remember that old saying, "Never assume. When you do, it makes an ass out of you and me." The advice holds.

It's a lonely road when you assume. You think everyone's bought in. Then you look back and nobody's there.

Never assume that people

  • Read what you send them

  • Understand what you've told them

  • Agree with your position

  • Have the same level of knowledge as you

  • Choose to spend their time in the way you want them to

  • Think it's the same level of importance as you do

  • Believe it's as urgent or even a priority

  • Or give a damn

You are better served when you approach every interaction assuming that people

  • Haven't read what you sent them

  • Don't get it

  • Are ignorant of the nuances

  • Disagree with you