“To know is to know nothing. That is the true meaning of knowledge.” Socrates
Want to keep learning? Try “I don’t know”. You stop learning when you know everything and who knows (or wants to know) everything? The journey is more fun that the destination.
Here are 5 benefits of using “I Don’t Know”
Trust – if you’re asked a question that you think you should already know but don’t…don’t make something up in order to act as if you know. Simply say “I don’t know, I’ll get back to you” or “I should know this but can’t think of the answer right now.”
Think about it. Have you ever not known the answer to a question that you think you should have known? Do you think anyone else has been in the same situation?
“If you ask me a question I don’t know, I’m not going to answer it” Yogi Berra
Possibilities – encourage others with their dreams or goals. Where would we be if everyone who was told that what they were trying to accomplish was impossible or has been tried before unsuccessfully? So, what’s the harm in listening to someone share their wild dream that is filled with potential issues in order to help them along their path? What you tell them may be exactly what they need at the time. Haven’t you needed someone to not know?
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” Albert Einstien
Freedom – take the pressure off. You don’t and can’t know everything. Doesn’t that feel better already?
“I am not young enough to know everything.” Oscar Wilde
Knowledge Refresh – what you think you know may have changed since you originally learned whatever it is you think you know. You know? So, pause and entertain that you don’t know because you could be surprised by what you find out and learn something new.
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Mark Twain
Conversations – opens up opportunities for collaboration with others. When you already know, it closes opportunities for discussion. When you don’t know, it invites conversation and exploration for finding out together. This keeps your mind more aware and curious to what you might not have been able to sense before.
“The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.” Isaac Asimov
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