You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

One of the most significant and critical attributes for success is being curious. Knowledge is power. When you operate with the wrong knowledge, on any topic, it can hurt you tremendously. Just look at people who think that they’re eating healthy when they’re really not. Or people who think that they have the best savings plan ever, but are missing out on big returns. Having and following the wrong knowledge can slow you down and it can really cause you serious problems.

So … how do you get the right intel? How do you generate the correct information so you can speed things up?

First of all, you have to be open for it. It’s a general rule that in order to learn anything at all, you have to be teachable, open and humble. You have to be receptive for new ideas and you have to be willing to learn. You have to know that you don’t know what you don’t know. And if you don’t know that you don’t know, well guess what, you’re not going to know.

When you look around you, I’m sure you can hear many people with really strong opinions. Generally, strong-minded people can be so stuck in their way of thinking, and they are not willing to embrace any new information. Some people just want to be right – even when they aren’t. This usually leads to them missing out on progress and the great lessons life offers. There is more to be gained for those with a teachable spirit.

The legendary jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong once said: “There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t teach them.” What did he mean by this? Actually, people with true and sincere knowledge will gladly share their insights as a way of giving back. To benefit from these people, you have to prove yourself to be coachable, teachable and trainable. It’s only when you are, that people who have what you need, or know what you don’t, are willing to help you. When your mind is open, the information will come.

So let’s put this into perspective

What do you really know?

If we think about it, throughout history, and especially with scientific discoveries, our understanding of reality has been transformed time and time again. In some cases, people with groundbreaking ideas, pioneers and new thinkers, have at times been imprisoned and condemned. It is later realized that what they were promoting was actually correct. And if you think about the vastness of the universe and all the galaxies, we have to admit that our knowledge is pretty limited.

With regards to the “stuff” that you think you know, do you really understand the knowledge? That’s a totally different subject for another time.

Here are some tips for you. These are the traits that help make the real power players successful:

They chase knowledge.
They read and they read a lot.
They mastermind and surround themselves with brilliant people.
They invest to acquire new knowledge.
They have mentors.
They are constantly curious about everything.
They pass on their knowledge.
They know that they don’t know what they don’t know!

Be a real player … and not just a spectator! Step out of being average and keep searching for true knowledge from reputable sources. Keep chasing knowledge and never stop learning.

Let’s move forward…

– Casper Stang