Getting smarter isn’t about knowing everything, it’s about admitting what you don’t know.
“I don’t know,” is such a simple phrase, but many of us have difficulty saying it to ourselves let alone to others. It makes us feel weak, vulnerable, stupid.
But you’re not. It’s the furthest thing from the truth. Saying “I don’t know” is one of the smartest things you can say, because it’s the beginning of learning. It’s the trailhead to gaining more understanding.
To learn is the only way to get smarter. And to do that, you must admit that you don’t know everything, you must open yourself up to the fact that you’re not as knowledgeable as you want to be.
So the next time you are tempted to act like you know something when you don’t, remember this.
Not knowing isn’t bad; it’s an opportunity.