Just because you are qualified, experienced or intelligent does not earn you the right. When you engage with other people about their lives, their business or their challenges you should earn the right to share your opinion.
We have opinions about everything. We form them in an instant based on experience. This ability gets honed over time. Your opinion might be right, helpful, insightful and necessary, that does not make it welcome.
Your perspective is welcomed when you take the time to first understand. Understanding is achieved by appreciating context, purpose, vision, and direction. We do this by listening and investing time to grasp what we are dealing with stretched over the canvass of time.
How will you know to plant or plough if you don’t know what season we are in, and what crop we are dealing with?
Your opinion is not welcome until you do.