The Thursday Thesis - 15/03/2017
“You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know...”
It used to be the case that what you don’t know can’t hurt you – but is it still true?
Personally, I don’t believe it any more.
Today I’m (once again) in a training suite, adding to what I learned during my last three days here - and I’m surrounded by fifty or so curious people.
For the record - when I call these guys “curious” I don’t mean odd or peculiar – they are the inquisitive kind of curious.
And the phrase I’ve heard most of all today is this: “You don’t know what you don’t know”.
I read it in a manual on investing, once, and thought it was a bit smug-sounding.
But today it resonates like a mighty church bell booming midnight strident through the frosted velvet blackness of the moonless night.
You don’t know what you don’t know...
It’s easy to reach a point in your life that is comfortable and satisfactory – and then begin to coast along, believing that you know pretty-much all you need to know.
It’s easy and it’s dangerous, possibly fatal.
The moment you think you’ve got it made, and that you’ve achieved quite a lot, that’s the point where complacency begins to sneak in on you.
Comfort is the silent assassin of ambition and growth.
You’ve come so far, so you figure it’s probably ok to ease back a little...
You’re doing OK, so you figure it’ll be ok if you just ease back a little more...
The world changes forward forever, but now that you’re leaning back, you’ve begun to stand still.
And the old truths give way to the new Truths: wave upon wave of discoveries, insights and inventions lapping at the shores of our understanding.
Things change without you noticing whilst you keep doing what you’ve always done.
Over time, the gulf between what you knew that used to be true and the way things have become gets wider...
And you don’t know about it, because you’re content with what you already know.
But, even so, The Answers have still changed.
As long as you keep on knowing the things that used to be true, the things that are now true can’t find their way in to replace your Obsolete Truths.
So, what is it that you already know that stops you from knowing what you don’t know?
Today would be a great day to find out, wouldn’t it?
Once you accept that you don’t know everything, you can begin – today – to start to find out all you can about what interests or intrigues you.
What is it that you are curious about?
Go deep and immerse yourself, bathe in it, swim in it, breathe it in.
Soon you’ll be as curious as I am....
© Neil Cowmeadow 2017
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