Power of “I don’t know”

February 1, 2010 at 8:27 am | Posted in Out of my mind | 1 Comment

Last week, a friend of mine asked what I do at work. I said it is mostly related to being a mentor to various teams & groups. He looked puzzled. “Is it like being a coach?” he asked. I was not sure. My first reaction was to give an immediate answer whatever I thought; otherwise he may think that I don’t know what I am doing and laugh at me. There were other friends watching too. Then a thought occured to me; what if I admit “I don’t know” which was a fact. After a little hesitation I told him so. His reaction was not what I had expected; I felt relieved.

Now I had to find the answer and tell my friend about it. Obvious place to start was google. As usual there were plenty of links. I went through them and had a few thoughts of own. I shared these with mt friend yesterday. He was quite impressed.

I was surprised how much I learned because of that simple admission “I don’t know”. For the first time, my mind was completely open to the new ideas without trying to defend or be biased by what I would have said to save my face.


1 Comment »

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

  1. Great piece of sharing Karveji!
    1) Being authentic in your responses always makes you relieved and at ease!
    2) It is great to learn how saying “I don’t know” can easily result in you eventually knowing more.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: