Don’t be afraid of it.

Bloggers, teachers, bosses, and authorities of all kinds like to highlight the things they know for sure and shy away from the unknown. Maybe I have things backwards, but I like to do the opposite. I’m more comfortable saying, “I don’t know, but I’d love to explore it further.”

Admitting that you don’t know something doesn’t make you look dumb. In fact, people will often have a greater respect for you when you eagerly admit the things you don’t know.

I was going to make a list here of a few things I don’t know, but then I realized that list would be very long. In fact, I can’t say I know anything with confidence.

Life is not something you figure out. The idea of “knowing” something is often an illusion. There is no textbook with the answers. What is true today might be totally false tomorrow. Even something as structured as science has answers that are in constant flux. Newton was absolutely, scientifically, right… until Einstein came up with a new version of right.

In fact, I would guess that the vast majority of my ideas/insights come from place of not knowing… but I don’t know that for sure.

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6 Responses to ““I Don’t Know””

  1. Have you seen this TEDx talk about not knowing? It’s one of my favorites:


    • I LOVE IT! Just watched the entire talk and I was captivated the whole time. Thank you for sharing this. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t know anything :)


      • Sarah shared that TED talk with me, too, and I promptly bookmarked it. I LOVED IT! Let’s all take permanent Knowcations…


        • I’m probably already on a permanent knowcation, anyone can join me if they’d like. It would be better, however, if my knowcation was on a beach somewhere…

          That TED talk was, um, “amazeballs.” I’ve actually started watching at least one TED talk every day, it’s becoming addicting.

  2. I usually don’t know either. And things I do know, I don’t hold onto that knowledge with certainty.

    A place where we feel like we do know is human relations and interpersonal reactions. We clutch onto beliefs of ‘we’re right’ or ‘we know’ when we often don’t.


    • Yeah, sometimes it takes some serious difficulty or trauma to teach us that we don’t know anything. It first it seems awful to not know and then we realize, “hey, it’s not so bad. I could get comfortable with this…”


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