13 characteristics of an idiot that really aren’t that bad

You know that guy in the office who’s always a little off – or even more than just a little? Maybe he’s stupid, naive, gullible, or just really bad at making decisions.

In his defense, though, he’s not necessarily the worst guy you can imagine.  If you see him as someone who does things differently from everyone else and is okay with that – maybe even happy about it – there might be some good in him after all.

Actually, I kind of envy him. I wish I could be more of an idiot sometimes. Instead of worrying about what people think of me and obsessing about doing things a certain way, I could profit from being a little different, a bit more oblivious, and well, happy.

Here are 13 character traits of an idiot that really aren’t that bad:

1) Idiots are honest

This is one of the nicest traits that an idiot has: An idiot will always tell you his honest opinion.

He will be open about his feelings and not try to impress you with fake flattery.

Whether you like his opinion or not doesn’t matter to an idiot because he’ll always blurt out what he thinks.

Now, he may not always say the right things, but you can at least count on him telling you the truth (or at least what he believes is the truth).

It’s like he lacks the ability to filter and process information before speaking – in other words, he’ll speak without thinking. That’s why you can trust an idiot to say what’s on his mind.

Even though the truth may hurt, you’ve got to admit that honesty is a good trait.

2) Idiots don’t judge

This is one of the best traits that an idiot has. He doesn’t judge you by your looks, your clothes, your personality, or by the way you talk.

He lets you be who you are and doesn’t expect you to be someone different. He’s very accepting.

There is no right or wrong in an idiot’s book.

An idiot knows that you have your own thoughts and opinions, just like he has his. He doesn’t try to control or change you into the person he wants you to be.

He doesn’t judge anyone, and rather naively, he doesn’t expect to be judged either.

3) Idiots have a great sense of humor

An idiot is always ready to have a laugh, even when times are bad. He doesn’t get too serious and doesn’t let life’s problems get him down.

He finds humor in the smallest of things and doesn’t take life too seriously. He knows that there will be a lot of bad things in life, but he also knows that there will be a lot of good things too.

He knows that to get through the bad parts, you have to have fun and laugh.

Sometimes, an idiot is one of the best people to be around. He’s there to make everyone else laugh and with him around life is never boring. Just think of a king’s jester!

4.) Idiots are confident

This is one of the best traits that an idiot has. He is confident in whatever he does.

As Justin Brown, founder of Ideapod, says in his video below on The Importance of being an Idiot, unlike intelligent people, idiots aren’t trying to figure out the big picture beforehand – “they’re not thinking things through and that results in a feeling of confidence” – they just go ahead and do.

An idiot doesn’t care if he fails because he’s not really thinking about failure. Unlike someone intelligent, an idiot is not always trying to be perfect.

He doesn’t try to fit into a certain category or follow the norm. He’s comfortable in his own shoes and thinks that he’s perfect the way he is.

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5) Idiots are loyal

This is one of the best traits of an idiot. He’s loyal to his family, friends, and loved ones. He would do anything to protect the people he cares about.

When you’re down in the dumps, he will be there for you. He won’t just disappear from your life and leave you all by yourself. He will always be there for you and will never leave you in a bad spot.

An idiot would never betray you. He would never reveal your secrets or do anything that would hurt you intentionally.

He‘ll do anything to keep you safe and happy. He’s loyal to everyone who is close to him, even if it means sacrificing himself.

6) Idiots forgive and forget

This is another great trait that an idiot has. He doesn’t hold grudges against anyone.

While someone more intelligent will think about the pros and cons of being friends with someone who has wronged them, an idiot doesn’t let other people’s mistakes get in the way of friendship.

An idiot is willing to forgive anyone who has hurt him in any way. He doesn’t let the past affect the present, or the future because he doesn’t really think about it too much.

An idiot isn’t very likely to hold a grudge against anyone or try to get back at them for doing something bad.

See? I told you that idiots aren’t that bad!

7) Idiots aren’t afraid to say “I don’t know”

I’ve found that the smarter someone is, the less likely they are to admit that they don’t know something. It’s like they’re scared of saying: “I don’t know.”

An idiot has no problem asking questions when something is unclear and they can say: “I don’t know” without feeling ashamed.

While you might be embarrassed to admit your lack of knowledge on a certain subject, you’re actually missing out on a chance to learn something new.

It’s part of our personal power to be able to admit that we don’t know everything. Once we do that, we are able to learn from other people and see things from another perspective.

We’ve been conditioned by society that we have to be a certain way – that we have to act a certain way, think a certain way, and be a certain way.

We’re afraid to stray from these expectations, we’re afraid to think outside the box. We care too much about what people think about us that we’re too ashamed to admit that we don’t know something.

But you can change all that, just like I did.

By watching this excellent video by world-renowned shaman Rudá Iandé, I learned how to break free of the mental chains that have been holding me back most of my life and I’ve realized just how much potential and power lies inside me.

I am no longer afraid to ask questions and admit that I don’t know everything. And you know what? Apart from feeling liberated, I’ve learned so much by admitting my own ignorance.

Here’s a link to the free video again.

8) Idiots are (usually) happy all the time

This is one of the best traits that an idiot has. He doesn’t let the little things in life affect him or get him down. He always finds something to be happy about.

An idiot knows that life isn’t fair and that sometimes bad things happen. But he doesn’t let them ruin his life. He finds a way to move on from them, and he never lets them bring him down.

An idiot knows that life is too short to get caught up in the small things. He knows that he has to enjoy life while he can, because nobody knows when it will end.

9) Idiots are optimistic

Often viewed as unrealistic, foolish, or even delusional, an idiotic outlook can be seen as something negative.

However, it’s not necessarily a bad thing to look at the world with a positive outlook. Moreover, optimism is associated with the ability to bounce back from difficult life situations and to find happiness again.

In short, those who are optimistic are more likely to be happier, healthier, and more successful when compared to people with negative outlooks.

10) Idiots trust people easily

Blindly trusting someone is idiotic, but at the same time, there’s a childlike innocence and beauty to it.

An idiot doesn’t expect anything bad from the people he meets. It doesn’t occur to him that they’d want to hurt him, I mean, why would they?

His naive view of the world means that he trusts people easily without checking to make sure that they are worthy of his trust.

An idiot thinks that everyone is like him. He means no harm, so why would they?

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all trusted each other and meant each other no harm?

11) An idiot knows when to ask for help

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Just like people are afraid to admit that they don’t know something, they also have trouble asking for help.

Is it pride? Is it fear of showing weakness? Probably a bit of both.

But an idiot knows that asking for help is sometimes the best option. He doesn’t always have to try to do everything all by himself. He knows that he can ask for help when he needs it.

12) Idiots worry less about what people think

They don’t care if people see them on the street wearing pajamas, eating ice cream with a fork, or walking around with slippers instead of shoes.

They don’t care if people think that their apartment is messy or that their clothes are out of style. They do what they feel like doing, and they don’t care if people criticize them for doing it.

As Justin says in his video: “When you know that you’re an idiot you’ve basically given up. You’re not trying to appear intelligent anymore, you’ve given up on caring what people think of you. You know you’re an idiot, you know that people are gonna conclude that you’re an idiot … it’s extremely liberating to stop caring what people think”.

We should all strive to be a bit more of an idiot from time to time if it means feeling more confident. Don’t you agree?

13) Idiots accept themselves

We may be critical of an idiot for the way they act and think; let’s face it, they can be difficult to hang out with at times because they do things differently and don’t always fit in.

Sometimes, they can even be a little weird to be around. They might have an unusual diet, they might talk to themselves out loud, or they might have strange habits that make you cringe.

According to Justin, “When you know that you’re an idiot, you’re more likely to accept all of these “so-called” negative qualities about yourself.“ What ends up happening is that an idiot accepts himself for who he is.

And isn’t that something we should all strive to do? Accept ourselves for who we are.

So as you can see, there are many characteristics of an idiot that aren’t bad. And while I’m not saying that you should become an idiot, you may want to think about taking a page out of their book. You might just learn something!

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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