I’ve always believed in the incredible potential of continuous learning. Throughout our lives, we’re presented with countless opportunities to expand our knowledge, to grow both personally and professionally.
Yesterday, I was chatting with my local bookshop owner and remembered that when I was a child, I used to spend hours in the library surrounded by towering shelves filled with books of all kinds! I was captivated by the endless possibilities that lay within those pages. From then, I had a nagging concern: would I ever be able to read all the books in the library??
In our modern era, the explosion of information is truly astounding. We now have an unprecedented access to an abundance of knowledge, resources and perspectives. It’s both exciting and daunting to realise that the books in the library of my childhood were just a fraction of what is now available! The sheer volume of information can be overwhelming, but it’s also an incredible opportunity for growth.
Yet, within this vast ocean of knowledge we encounter what Donald Rumsfeld referred to as “known knowns” and “unknown unknowns.” Known knowns are the things we are aware of and understand, while unknown unknowns represent the vast realm of what we don’t even know that we don’t know. Acknowledging this distinction keeps us humble and curious, reminding us that there is always more to learn and discover.
As humans, we naturally seek cognitive closure. Our brains crave certainty and a sense of completion. We’re wired to desire answers, certainty, and a sense of mastery over our surroundings.
However, embracing a leadership mindset means embracing the discomfort of uncertainty and the unknown. It means being open to unlearning. Challenging our assumptions. Embracing new perspectives. Adopting an attitude of lifelong learning provides us with the tools to navigate this complexity and adapt in an ever-changing world. It’s through this process that we truly expand our horizons … stretch our comfort zone … and unlock our inner wisdom and magic!
Where are you on the journey of lifelong learning?
How do you feel about the unknowns … and possibly the unknowable
I’m committed to getting even more comfortable with uncertainty and the unknown. At the same time, wondering how we can expand our horizons, challenge our existing knowledge, and embrace the unknown. By nurturing a growth mindset and seeking out diverse ideas, we can become better leaders, thinkers, and individuals.
I love learning. The joy and wonder of learning… and the endless possibilities it brings.
If you resonate with these ideas or have thoughts to share, please comment below!
Let’s inspire each other to become lifelong learners who make a positive meaningful impact in our lives and the lives of those around us.
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