What You Think You Know, and What You Really Know
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Our culture’s overemphasis on self-confidence can play against us. We may be reluctant to ask for help because it hurts our self-projected image. Other times, we may think that we know or understand something when we only have a shallow understanding of the subject at hand. We don’t notice we are outside our circle of competence.
Knowing what you don’t know is one of those skills that help us make better decisions. If we don’t know something, we can ask someone who does.
The difference between what you think you know and what you know are two different thin
gs. You need to be humble enough to realize that there’s way more here than you recognize.
— Learning to Build by Bob Moesta