Friday, October 17, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 291

What you don't know is meaningless. It's how you use what you do know that makes all the difference.

Worrying about what we don't know won't help us know more.  In fact, if we spend all our time worrying about what we don't know, then we miss the opportunity to actually learn new things (how can we learn more when we're so worried about what we haven't learned?).

So, we should choose to focus on what we currently know, and how what we know can make us better at learning and leading.  And, if in the process, focusing on what we already know leads us to discover those things that we don't yet?

So much the better.  In fact, it makes more sense for our current learning to lead to uncovering, discovering, and internalizing new things than it does for those new and unknown things to serve as obstacles to what we currently know.

Plus, by admitting that we don't know everything (and we never will), it makes it easier for us to say, "I don't know, let's find out" and promotes a community that works with what it has and enjoys discovering things as they are unearthed.

A community that welcomes discovery?  People who are comfortable saying "I don't know?"  These are two of the ingredients to the development of a PLC that is always about getting better, and that is never afraid or disturbed by what isn't yet known.

Sounds good to me.

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