You don’t know what you don’t know…

I’m a fairly bright person.  If I realize I lack knowledge on an important subject, I’ll look for information to educate myself.  I’ll Google the topic, check out a book or take a class.  I love to learn, so this is not a problem for me. 

Where I run into trouble, and you may as well, is when I don’t know what I don’t know.  Because I’m a fairly bright person, and I have many years of business experience, I’ll sometimes feel comfortable with my knowledge level when I shouldn’t.  This is particularly true for me in the area of technology, but it occurs in other subjects as well.

There is no perfect solution for this problem — I certainly don’t have time to research every topic that comes up — but I have found one exercise that helps tremendously.  I talk to other business people.  I ask questions about their businesses and how they are accomplishing their goals.  I ask about their challenges and the risks they face.  I ask about what they enjoy most in their business world.  I just have good conversation.

I learn a lot in those conversations — a lot about things I didn’t even know I needed to learn.  These business contacts open my eyes to new things, make me curious to know more, and spur me on to look into many topics further.  Things I didn’t even know I didn’t know become new bases of knowledge for me.  That helps keep me sharp and on my toes.

I love having conversation with business people.  It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s educational, and it’s a smart thing to do.  Reach out to someone you know and someone you’ve never met and strike up a good business conversation.  You’ll be amazed at what you learn — and what you may be able to teach them as well.

(I’d love to talk to you–call me and let’s have coffee and some good conversation!  704-315-9090)

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