I love the expressions ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’, and ‘the things we learn after we think we know it all, are the things that really count.’ It lets us know that we are always a student of life and if we ever feel we know it all, it is a good reminder that eventually we will find out that we don’t know everything.
For example, before we learned our life lessons, we didn’t know them. We often had to learn them through painful consequences which got our attention. Before that consequence showed up, we may have thought we knew things just fine but soon realized we didn’t know what we were doing.
It is good when something gets our attention because knowledge is power, so learning the part we play in our circumstances helps us gain mastery over our life. Additionally, from our own experiences, we can help other life students by sharing what we have learned.
There is so much knowledge available to help us create better results in our life. However, when we think we know it all, then there is no room for learning new things. Then, we miss out on being taught something that could have helped us out and something we would not have thought of on your own.
Besides, it can be tricky thinking we know everything because when we run into a new life experience and can’t figure it out alone we might believe there isn’t an answer. Then what? That is a lonely and isolating position to be in when we won’t ask for help.
We all have expertise in some areas over another, so it would take a lot of time and energy to learn all there is to learn about all subjects and professions. Plus, we don’t all have an aptitude or skill set for everything because we are meant to contribute to the world in our own unique way, not in all ways. Even the most successful leaders have advisors and researchers to help them out.
As life goes on, we no doubt appreciate what we already know and at the same time, probably realize there is more to know which I believe is a good thing. Like kids, it is fun to learn new things and can be viewed as an adventure. Part of the joy of learning is gaining new perspectives, information and wisdom.
Otherwise, if we know it all, then we would be deprived of that joy and life would start to feel like the movie, Groundhog Day, recycling the same ideas, thoughts and activities over and over.
Today, be liberated by the fact that you don’t have to have all the answers and are free to ask for help. At the same time, enjoy imparting knowledge to someone else who is looking for your expertise.