Knowing what you don’t know
When you know that you don’t know something, there are a range of things you
can do to improve the situation:
Knowing what you don’t know teaches you what areas in your life you need to
seek more information in.
Knowing what you don’t know gives you the opportunity to refer to someone
else who can help you.
Knowing what you don’t know allows you to step back before making an
ignorant and/or hasty decision.
Understanding the limitations of your knowledge puts you at an advantage from
people who overestimate their
knowledge or aren’t aware of their own ignorance.
This isn’t a negative thing, this is about being honest with yourself which means
acknowledging both your
strengths and your weaknesses.
To know more about what you don’t know, always be willing to test your
beliefs and assumptions,
however certain you may be that they are true.
It’s important to challenge your beliefs to see if they are backed by some
amount of evidence, logic,
and/or personal experience.
We can begin challenging our beliefs by asking ourselves questions, such as:
“What caused me to form this belief? Where did I learn this?”
“What kind of evidence would help support this belief as true?”
“What kind of evidence would help support this belief as false?”
“Are there alternative beliefs that may be just as valid, if not
“What’s one thing I don’t know that would be really useful in this
“Does this belief conflict with any other beliefs I hold?”
Questions like these will give you some idea on the limitations of your
beliefs and knowing what
you know vs. what you don’t know.
If you are willing to keep an open mind about your beliefs and the
possibility that you don’t have
all the facts, you will be much better off than if you were to just take
everything you believe as
complete truth. There is wisdom in knowing what you don’t know.
Approach your beliefs with honesty and humility,
and that will provide you with the flexibility you need to begin building
a life of genuine happiness.