How many things do we not pursue because we don’t feel like we know enough when education is the very thing we are pursuing?
You are probably wondering what the heck I’m talking about…..let me explain……
I read somewhere about someone that didn’t want to take a certain class because they didn’t know anything about the subject. I mean, isn’t learning about something the very reason that you take the class? Who made knowledge of something a pre-requisite to taking a class? No one that I know of!
As I’ve been sharing about lately, I’m really getting into living toxin free, cleaning up my diet, using holistic remedies, and getting my body back in shape. There are so many times that I see education that I would like to do but I feel that I don’t know enough to do it. Since when do we need to be able to teach the class to be able to take it? That thinking defeats the entire point of taking the class in the first place!!
There is a saying that says “An expert at anything was once a beginner” (or something along those lines). We all start somewhere. We don’t need to know what we are doing to start or continue learning. That is why it’s called learning.
I just wonder how many times we hold back what we do know because we feel that it’s not enough but are too nervous to learn more. Too nervous to put ourselves out there without all of our credentials?
Les Brown says that if you are the smartest person in the room, you need to find a new room.
Learning should be lifelong. And we shouldn’t not do something because we are a beginner and feel inferior to those with more expertise and background. They, too, had to start from the beginning.
Are there things that you aren’t doing because you don’t feel like you know enough?
Maybe you aren’t speaking up about healthy eating because you are new on your journey. Maybe you don’t want to enroll in a computer class because you don’t even know how to turn your computer on. Maybe you don’t want to ask a question on a forum because you feel that you will be judged if you ask a question deemed “dumb” by those more experienced than you. Maybe you feel that you can’t start a new life path because “you’ve never done anything like this before”, even though you are passionate about it.
We need to stop this holding ourselves back because we think we need to be knowledgeable in every area before we start anything new. Learning comes from doing. Learning comes from immersing ourselves in something and asking (even seemingly dumb) questions.
It’s funny because if you dive in and learn what you are searching for, all of a sudden, you have something new that you need to learn to compliment what you learned in the first place. Even highly successful people need to keep learning. In fact, successful people will tell you that they never stop learning! They are always doing self-development and searching for new ways to do things.
If you are the smartest person in the room, find a new room
Don’t let being a beginner hold you back. Plow boldly into education then apply it. Ask questions. Blow off anyone that is rude or that feels that your question is too easy; just remember they started somewhere too. Once you find yourself in a good place, look for those just starting out to help. Show them grace and compassion and help them move up the knowledge scale.
Learn. Apply. Give back. Repeat.
Stop being afraid to step out. The greatest growth happens in the scary places. Get uncomfortable. Do something you’ve never done. Remember that if you want something that you’ve never had, you have to do something that you’ve never done.
Have you ever found yourself in that place that you won’t step out to learn something because you don’t know enough yet? Doesn’t that sound ridiculous when put in writing? “I can’t learn that because I don’t know it yet”
Stay true to yourself, push past your comfort zone and change your world!
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