“At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.” – Socrates [Apology 21d]
One of the hardest things for many people is to admit that they don’t know what they don’t know. Do you remember sitting in a classroom and your teacher concludes the lecture with, “Does everyone understand? Are there any questions?” You have questions, but you don’t ask. No one else’s hand goes up, so you think you must have missed something and you don’t want to be the only one that didn’t get it. Five minutes later you find yourself in the hall talking with your classmates only to find out they had questions as well, but were too scared to ask. This scenario plays out on sports fields, in the workplace and just about everywhere. For many people it is a humbling experience to realize that they do not know something. But once we admit that we don’t know everything and start asking questions something magical happens – we learn, we grow, we improve.
Once you determine that there is no shame in asking questions, where do you go to get questions answered? Who should you learn from, who should you ask? For me, the first place and last place I go is to someone who has actual experience. The age old adage that experience is the best teacher is absolutely true. There is a lot to be said about someone who has walked and lived in an area of life in which you want to learn and grow. I respect people who have done it and I seek out those who walk the walk for advice!
There is a lot of value in learning from people who have actually done it…