WorldWide Drilling Resource

40 JANUARY 2021 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® The “Idiots” Corner by “Billy Bob Smith” How Do You Know That? Ever wanted to ask someone how they know something? Anything? I wish over the years I could have asked a spouse, parent, boss, customer, politician, or media person no matter what they said - “How do you know that?" And do you know what their answer would be? Just more opinions. Try it sometime - when you get the opportunity it’s really fun. So I will give you a few simple examples this month to help you. If someone says . . . The traffic is going to be really bad this week. - How do you know that? It’s going to rain this afternoon. - How do you know that? If you don’t lose weight, you are going to have a heart attack. - How do you know that? I don’t want to go there on vacation this year, the people are not very friendly. - How do you know that? If we don’t get the car fixed soon, we are going to get stranded somewhere. - How do you know that? If we don’t take better care of this customer, we are going to lose them. - How do you know that? If we don’t close this account, we will be in serious trouble for a long time. - How do you know that? If we don’t change this (anything), we are going to have a recession. - How do you know that? If so and so doesn’t change their behavior, it will have serious consequences. - How do you know that? Want more? I could go on for pages, but I’ll let you come up with some of your own. I’ll wrap this up with a few of my favorite quotes. “Try being informed instead of opinionated.” Anonymous “The fewer the facts the stronger the opinion.” A. Glasow “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” M. Aurelius “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” M. Twain Try it in every conversation when anyone says anything they act like is a truth when it’s nothing but their opinion. Billy Bob Contact him via e-mail to