“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!
"I love people that make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like the most. It cures a multitude of ills, and it's probably the most important thing in a person." -Audrey Hepburn
One of my friends has been commenting on my smile and my laugh and I found this quote today.
A picture of my son and I laughing probably about something he said. He always makes me laugh!
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
Happy Valentine's Day
This is not the topic I had planned for my first 2014 post; however I think is the most appropriate. I was very guilty of this one, using the word “I’m busy” not as an excuse but just as a way of life. Not anymore, lesson learned the hard way the last few years. I learned more than anything else to be present every day; that takes away a lot of the "I'm busy excuse." Either you're are present or you are not.
To start the year, I encourage you to read the article by Taylor Wardis, “Busy Isn’t Respectable Anymore.” Then take his friend Paul E. Ralph 30 challenge and stop using the word “busy.” Resist the comfortable way out by using “I’m busy” as an excuse not to have to explain yourself or phase your own inadequacies. And whatever you do, don’t be an “all” or “nothing” kind of person. You can take time to do what matters!
Don’t make excuses!
Posted by Fearless Lifestyle Culture on November 29, 2013 at 09:00 AM in Inspiration, Motivation, Personal Development, Personal Growth, Quotes, Spiritual Growth | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
"I used to be so painfully shy and afraid to be seen. My fourth grade teacher told me to jump into my fear. So I tried to take baby steps and do things that made me afraid every day...and every time, the fear disappeared." –Maimah Karmo, breast cancer survivor, founder of Tigerlily Foundation, and author Fearless.
"When life kicks you, let it kick you forward." -- Kay Yow