I’ve used this phrase a lot over the past year or so. I did not know that it originated with Socrates, one of the greatest minds in human history.
“You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know” means….
- You are aware that you have blind spots and a limited, human perspective on everything.
- You, therefore, will not become complacent and assume a kind of dangerous omniscience about any matter of life. Thus….
- You will be continually learning. Every day. Until your heart quits.
- You realize that the first step to becoming a truly educated person is to come face-to-face with your own ignorance.
- You will carry yourself humbly, not with arrogance, knowing how little you really know about everything.
- You will be less inclined to opine and pontificate with the rest of the human race, especially when your opinion is not asked for or wanted.
Know What You Don’t Know: How Great Leaders Prevent Problems Before They Happen (Michael A. Roberto)
The Magic of Thinking Big (David J. Schwartz)