As I continue to search for new ideas and connections and develop a better understanding of what makes up my personal universe I begin to believe that I know perhaps a few more things than the average bear (that’s when my chest gets puffy and the smug look appears on my face)
Then it happens.
I find myself in a situation that reminds me the truth….
In the grand scheme of things; I don’t know sh*t about sh*t
It seems that every time I think I know something about something a situation comes along that shows me there is a lot I don’t know about a lot of things. I also find these situations come along at just the time that I need them, when I am beginning to become complacent in my level of understanding and slowing in my personal development.
These life situations act as checks and balances for me, they keep me grounded, realistic, humble and most of all growing.
You don’t know what you don’t know unit you do. The challenge is I have to embrace these special moments opposed to the knee jerk reaction from my ego which is to view these events as personal attacks to my level of intellect. My first instinct is always to fight to defend my position purely to protect myself from feeling inadequate opposed to trying to understand where the other party is coming from. If I react this way I shut down to new information, ideas and ways of thinking which in the end only does a disservice to me.
At the end of the experience I am reminded of the simple truths that have helped to better my life over the years;
There is always more to learn
There is no shortage of wonderful ideas to explore
There are infinite amount connections to be made from all areas of life and study; everything can teach you something.
There is always someone who know more than you
There are lessons to be learned from all people whether they are a janitor or a CEO