Wise, Foolish, & the Evil

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752



Over the weekend, I had a friend share this video from Dr. Henry Cloud about three distinct types of people we encounter on a daily basis. He defines people as wise, foolish, or evil. His premise is that for most of us who strive to live an upstanding, good life mistakenly assume other people are the same. Sadly, as most of us know, this is not the case.


Understanding these three groups is essential as you navigate your personal and professional lives. When you recognize the type of person you are dealing with, expectations are much easier to deal with.  Winning with people is not always achievable.


The first group he mentions are those who are wise. The wise person listens to advice, is willing to learn from their mistakes, and is grateful to those who offer solutions and ways to improve. This group of people are wonderful to lead teams and companies.


The second group are the foolish people. These are the people who will listen to those who are offering solutions or improvements but respond with excuses and blame.  Rather than taking an opportunity to learn something, the foolish person continues on with their own agenda without regard to those around them.


The final group, the evil people are those who have no desire whatsoever to listen and actually have an agenda bent on harming others. Yikes! Unfortunately we all know some of these people. I can't even imagine waking up each day, hell-bent on hurting others intentionally.  The only way to deal with this group is to understand they are out to hurt you and others. Therefore, when you recgonize them, you can be prepared. Sometimes being prepared means to be on the offensive and to be prepared to strike back when necessary.


When we understand what motivates people, it becomes easier to know what lies in their hearts and motives. Take a listen to Dr. Cloud's message. This is powerful and important to know. Be your best self and strive to be more like the Wise person.


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Comments (9)

Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I hadn't really broken down into groups the types of folks we encounter.  But, I'd say the way you outline it is quite accurate.

Jun 20, 2021 03:11 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Paula, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 20, 2021 03:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Paula- I've learned to distance myself from those who have evil at their core. Those who are wise are good to know because you can learn from them. 

Jun 20, 2021 05:55 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Paula - I have bookmarked this post so I can take a look later.  I am unfamiliar with Henry Cloud.  

Jun 20, 2021 07:18 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Paula.

When I saw the length of the video I'll come back later today to watch it.

Jun 21, 2021 12:22 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Paula - I thing that Dr. Cloud has nailed it.  I hope that I strive to be the first one but maybe I have fallen short a few times.

Jun 21, 2021 05:45 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Paula McDonald, Ph.D. - Do no harm is my way of being in the world ... adding to that ... to help others in need of help and do so with a grateful heart. 

Those evil folks ... oh my ... I need to say no more. 

Jun 21, 2021 07:13 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Paula I live on the 'kind' view of life and attract those types of people in my life....who also happen to be very wise people. 

Jun 21, 2021 12:08 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Paula,
I believe most people are good,  However, we must constantly be on the lookout for those in the other two group and protect ourselves from them.

Jul 18, 2021 08:22 AM