10 Ways to Not Be Taken Seriously

by Cameron Schaefer on September 9, 2013

The following is a list of ways to not be taken seriously. I’ve had to learn the hard way on many of them, but in the process have become even more convinced of their withering effects on credibility over the long haul. ┬áHat tips to Ramit Sethi, Ryan Holiday, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Professor Parco and others.

  1. Talk a lot
  2. Whine on social media
  3. Don’t read books
  4. Have strong opinions on subjects you know nothing about
  5. Tell everyone who will listen about your goals & plans
  6. Watch cable news
  7. Take offense often
  8. Say “yes” to everything
  9. Read books on leadership principles
  10. Take part in every fad diet

Add your own ways to not be taken seriously in the comments below. If I like them I’ll add them to the list.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Todd @ Ferless Men September 12, 2013 at 10:14 am

#5 is something I’m always careful to keep my mouth shut up about. There was this guy in the Bible. Joseph. He bragged to his bros about how he was gonna be the boss one day. So they kicked his ass, took his jacket, and threw him down a well.

I don’t want to be that guy.

KGF September 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Continually serve yourself first.

Martha February 14, 2014 at 12:57 pm

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JosephK August 17, 2014 at 7:10 am

Beat up on the help.

Jack Cloudt April 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Use “lol” in texts.

Mark September 12, 2017 at 8:08 am

Number :

11. Abandon your Blog.

Unless you have not, in which case I firmly apologise; furthermore you can make number 11. Accuse people of abandoning their Blog, when in reality they have not.

I’ve never followed a Blog, was planning to follow this one, but can’t find anything past ’14.


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