I know that I do not know
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I know that I do nots White
Researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca New York have conducted a new, very interesting study of 100 people in the field of knowledge.
One topic was:
"Anyone who has a clue can not always handle it and end up being the stupid one."
A key finding of this study was:
- in fact, this statement is true in most cases
- it is a highly human property and
- It happens over and over
Thus, one half of these 100 subjects consisted of persons who admitted to being unfamiliar with financial matters. On the other hand, the other half stated that they were real experts in this area, so-called "cracks". A statement that could be tested by tests and then confirmed.
In fact, these cracks were totally off the mark if they were to explain certain "technical terms". These were, however, terms that do not exist in the financial world at all and that were freely invented by the researchers for this investigation.
You will now think, "Of course, how should a technical term be explained that does not exist at all?" Completely correct your train of thought.
But the most interesting thing was that the cracks said they still needed to explain each term rather than worrying about it. And so the experts talked a lot of explanatory nonsense therefore.
The laymen, on the other hand, did not have a problem, because they did not try to explain them when they did not know them, but openly admitted their ignorance.
This confirms the daily life experience again anew.
After all, many experts, who usually have a great deal of expertise in their particular field, also think that they know everything and are able to explain it. A self-overestimation that is not only found in the financial world but wherever experts are involved.
Let's take a look around in our daily lives and turn our eyes to politicians, bosses or executives. People with experience have a really wide range of knowledge.
But almost none of these people know he still does not know most of them.
And so is flattered in the ranks of experts, invented, fantasized and hoped that once again no one notices.
But why do we people tend to such a haughty expertise instead of arranging ourselves with the knowledge that we just do not know everything and will never know in our short life?
A well-known statement by the Greek philosopher Socrates was the shortened formula that became known through his defense speech - I know that I do not know. A wisdom with which Socrates was able to live very well and proved once more his high intelligence.
He did not say, as the common translation falsely and inaccurately states, "I know that I know nothing," because he claims that he knows that he knows nothing. A contradiction in terms, since actually also the knowledge about the Nichtwissen is a knowledge.
So Socrates questions with his statement - I know that I do not know - but rather what one means to know, that is the apparent knowledge.
Actually, the most valuable of all knowledge that stimulates us to permanent curiosity. Thus, we are driven to new exploration, new knowledge and experience just like that. This strengthens us in our actions, which also our counterpart feels and Builds trust.
Take this article as a reason to think about the knowledge, your goals and the so connected success close.
Stay human and do not jump on the bandwagon of the many supposed connoisseurs who do not know that they do not know.
Because many of these connoisseurs say, "I know almost everything anyway, the rest I do not notice and I'm pretty good with it".
A knowledge they do not even know how ignorant they are.
In a nutshell:
Do not commit the mistake of having to answer everything. There is no disgrace not to know, on the contrary, such a fact is only human.
Only the knowledge that you do not know everything inspires you to learn. And one thing is clear, the whole life is a huge learning process.
All those who understand and internalize this law of nature in their fundamentals are people who live their lives in contentment, with leisure, intelligence and in harmony.
Adhere to these principles to your fellow human beings as well as to your customers, employees and colleagues.
Be open and honest in an uncomplicated way if you do not know something before you tell about something that does not exist at all.
Your customers, fellow human beings and also your self-confidence will thank you.
Take advantage of this, your advantage!
I know that I do not know
the most valuable of all knowledge that makes us human and inspires permanent curiosity.
Personally, I am very grateful to the Greek philosopher Socrates for his wise words.
Inquisitive and warm greetings