Is life experience really that important

Why life experience is worthless

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It is common that older people have what is known as “life experience” and that young people should rely on their judgment and opinion as a result. When we meet someone with life experience, many of us believe that they are also clever and wise.

In principle, however, life experience means nothing other than having lived for a long time. You're just old. It has nothing to do with experiencing the right things and choosing the optimal solutions to problems.

Take, for example, “self-employment”, that is, corporate management.

Some people have found in their lives that self-employment is terribly difficult. For them there is no reason why one should be self-employed. They couldn't get along with the customers, didn't know how to plan everything, and couldn't pull themselves up every morning.

If you ask these people about self-employment, they will likely tell you about all the anger they've been through. And worse, they probably strongly advise against it as an individual. Because what was not good for her is surely not good for you either.

The problem with this: Many people believe these judgments and allow themselves to be completely restricted by people with life experience. They don't consider that these people are different beings with different personalities and that they started in a different time, probably with a different idea.

What was a terrible experience for person A can be heaven on earth for person B. The widespread “life experience” has nothing to do with it.

Even if you ask an older person for whom self-employment was great, that says nothing about how you will feel about it yourself. Perhaps this older person has certain personality traits that are necessary for a business of their own. Nevertheless, it could well be that you are not suitable for it yourself.

And so one cannot rely on the subjective judgment of the successful person with life experience. You have to find out on your own whether self-employment suits you or not.

No matter how much life experience someone has: Nobody can tell you whether you will personally cope with a problem or not. Of course, there are helpful tips in the advice of others, but you still have to make your own experiences!

Life experience deserves no respect

Another characteristic that comes with life experience is the excessive respect that we should give older people. But why actually? What is so special about being old? It's nice that the person has lived longer than you do - but why do you have to pay special attention to them?

Older people can also be rude, disrespectful, abusive, and stupid. In addition, they rarely give younger people the kind of success they could never achieve themselves.

What is there to respect about it?

If you look around the bus and train and see how selfish people of all ages behave, how mean and devious they can react and how seldom they pay attention, then one should quickly realize that "life experience" is a weak argument for advice . This phrase is often used to suddenly turn personal experiences into general truths.

Knowledge has nothing to do with the mass of experiences, but with their quality.

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