What you don't know you don't know

Now that you’ve hopefully taken some time to examine your “beliefs,” and hopefully have seen that many of the things you assume or believe may just not be the “truth,” let’s take this a step further.


I’m sure you realize that there is much that you know. You know how to tie your shoe laces, drive a car, dial a telephone, etc. It’s good to know things because you get to use what you know to make things happen and produce results.


And I’m sure you realize that there is much you don’t know. And it’s probably fine with you that there are things you don’t know. But if you want to know something you don’t know, you’re smart enough to ask questions, get a book, get some help, so you can know it.


Another challenge in life is that there is far more to knowledge than what we know and what we don’t know. There’s the whole category of what we don’t know we don’t know. These are our blind spots. And the way to get access to what we don’t know we don’t know is simply to become curious. Go on a treasure hunt, not to find an answer but just to learn what there is to learn that might just enhance the quality of your life.


So here’s an assignment, if you’re willing:

  1. Pick an area of your life that you don’t presently feel like you’re very masterful in. This could be anything from man/woman relationships, effective communication, automobile racing, hang gliding, pottery, the subject makes no difference. Just pick a subject that you want to master that you presently don’t.
  2. Then, start inquiring into the subject. Just look. Stay open. As you find out things, have that whet your appetite to learn more rather than thinking you’ve found “the answer.”
  3. As you embark on this process, see if you can see how exciting life could be if you give up thinking that you need to have an answer to everything and instead, live life as a constant journey of discovery.

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