You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Nowhining BannerMany times I have heard this saying and I have always wondered why people quote it. If I don’t know what I don’t know, then how do I know that I know anything? When will I know if I have learned anything? Will I be able to recognize that I didn’t know something when in reality I did? I think the power is in the ability to know what you don’t know, so that you can overcome those obstacles and become a better person for knowing so. That sure seems like an awful lot of knowing and not knowing. Let’s see if I can clear this up.

All my life I have learned and have been learning. I have my own saying that goes like this, “A day not learning is a day not living.” Every day I learn something new, I purposely look for the opportunities. Somedays I learn a little tidbit, other days I learn what seems like volumes. Admitting that I don’t know what I don’t know seems like a cop out to me, the real challenge and opportunity for growth is when I realize that I don’t know something and then search to fill that void.

Just this past Saturday, I attended a symposium on the power of women, I learned a great deal and even though I am not a woman I walked away with knowledge that I didn’t have before the seminar. And believe it or not I was not the only man in attendance. Women have a very unique way of expressing themselves and men can take a little bit of that information and put it to good use. I know that men truly don’t have the answer to everything. (Don’t quote me I will deny it.) I attended because I knew that there would be opportunities for me to grow, but I didn’t know just what those opportunities would be, but I knew, yes I knew that I didn’t know that.

In today’s world of having all the world’s knowledge at our fingertips, maybe we have a false sense that we don’t need to know as much since we can just “Bing” it or “Google” it. I believe that we cannot grow if we continue to practice “just-in-time” knowledge gain. We need to study, we need to ponder and reflect, we need to have a true and deeper core to the knowledge we obtain. If we just rely on technology and don’t look for those opportunities to educate ourselves, we may find that we will never know anything other than what we currently know, nor will we be able to justify what we do know. If we ever get asked will our answer be “Bing it”?

I challenge you to be taught every day and to put that knowledge to good use and try to know just what it is that you don’t already know and learn it so that you will know it. Know what I mean?

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