“You know what you know, and you don’t know, what you don’t know. Except, you don’t know, what you don’t know!” –Frances Crespo
Photo credit: Georgia Tooney
I came up with this quote few years ago while working for a very high profile person in my organization. Although I considered myself to be more mature and knowledgeable than my contemporaries (mainly because of age and experiences), I realized one day while attending a very high level meeting with very high level people that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did for a particular topic.
My boss had a habit of asking the same question at the end of every day and after the meeting the question came: “What did you learn today?” That day I share my thoughts and it became my trademark quote. The person liked it and asked permission to use it.
I have used it many times and I always get interesting conversations started. Yesterday was no different, I used it in a training meeting and someone said: “Can we white board that?” So I thought, why not share it with my friends.
The premise of my quote is basically this: That although we think we know, we don’t realize that we really don’t know something until someone brings it to our attention and presents us with a different view or perspective. It is in that moment that we have a “dah or aha” moment and realize that we really don’t know as much as we think we did!
Moral of my quote, be open and willing to learn!
PS: I want to give photo credit to Georgia Tooney for the awesome pic!