Do you know any Know-It-Alls? Well, if not, you do now. You see, I'm a Know-it-All!
Now, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Traditionally, a Know-it-All is one that believes in self-superiority. Can't tell 'em nuthin. The question here is, can being a Know-it-All be a good thing?
BEING A GOOD Know-it-All
Within much of my life, I was uncertain. Appearing confident, I was often a scared little boy. The facade (FAR-SAUD) or fakeness worked against me. When I pretended to Know-it-All, I cut myself off from gaining valuable tools and lessons.
Today (02/25/2011) I REALLY am a Know-it-All. I Know-it-All in that I Don't Know Jack!!! The great truth of my admission, is that I've opened myself up to receive the desired information, truths, lessons, and resources to achieve success (whatever success means).
Know-it-All Means Not Knowing
Judeo-Christians as well as Deity believers seek out wisdom and guidance from their Higher Power(s). I feel that we engage in this practice because we've to go it alone -- we fell down --so we THEN asked for help.
The KJV Biblical God is referred to as, The ALL-KNOWING. Confucianism suggests that their Leader was a Great Teacher.
My Father, a Truck Driver, often scolded me to avoid playing with flammables (matches, kerosene, firecrackers, etc.). He said, "You're gonna Blow-Off Your Head!" I never understood how my head could be blown-off until I witnessed it as a member of the U.S. Army.
WITH AGE, COMES AN ALL KNOWING
Fast forward to the present. Here I stand...age 51. Having dreaded being a half-Century Old for the years leading up to that birth date, I now embrace it. I Am Mister Know-it-All. I Know-it-All because I know that I don't know.
While working on my Undergraduate degree, I was mandated to attend a Public Administration (P.A.) class consisting of 12 weeks. Being an Educational Psychology student, being enrolled into a P.A. class was a real head-scratcher. Didn't make sense...
The Prof, as he was called, was a Forward-Thinker. Having achieved Financial freedom, Dr Zayas was teaching college because he enjoyed learning. He DIDN'T need the money.
Zayas spoke about municipal governance from a standpoint of fiscal restraint. Translation: Governments (local/state/national) were Money-Wasters (year 1992). Funny...seems as though nothing has changed on that horizon.
He liked to quote Zig Ziglar; the ideas that came from his lectures were not organic to the textbook. One of his theorems (unproven truths), was that the greatest danger to self-employment and small business success, was blindness. Business Blindness: The Danger that one has the greatest threat from is the Danger that One Doesn't See. Again, translation: The Unknown!
YOU CAN BECOME A Know-it-All
OK, now that we've clarified things, you too want to become as am I. A Know-it-All...Yes? Here's how. First...
- Know that what you think you know is probably wrong.
- Acknowledge that you know more than most but not as much as some.
- Judge the knowledge by the actions...the fruits.
- Never accept advice or help from something or someone that continues to be unsuccessful with that which you are seeking.