ADMISSION OF IGNORANCE


Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education (Stephen Covey).  It’s hard to learn when you think you already know.  The mind is blocked by what I like to call the “I-know-syndrome”.  When dealing with someone–whether at work, at home, or in some other relationship, as soon as I pick up on the “I-know-syndrome” I immediate cease trying to communicate.  This is true in any situation whereby knowledge is potentially imparted.  When people do not think they have any need to learn they simply cannot learn.  I have found myself on the wrong end of this dynamic many times and have had to suffer for it.  Sometimes I have had to back track and admit I was wrong, over confident, or arrogant and humbly ask for help or wisdom that I originally blocked.  Little by little I try to be the kind of person who listens to every single thing someone says to me.  By doing so I will be able to benefit from the wisdom, experience, and advice of others.  I’m not perfect and every so often still have to eat humble pie but I am getting better.  I will never know everything and even when I am very knowledgeable on any given subject, there is still something to learn from others.

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