Preparing for any exam is overwhelming no matter how knowledgeable you are on the topic. It’s natural to start wondering…”what don’t I know”. When you truly think about it, the absence of information is what keeps us learning.
“The only thing I know is that I know nothing”. -Socrates
Working in a field of many self-proclaimed geniuses. Very often I cross paths with many “I know everything..” individuals. This continues to blow my mind, since we work in Cyber. Information technology presents a realm of unknowns. There’s truly no way to know everything. The interesting part, the massive defense mechanism that’s thrown up when you present these individuals with something new. Instead of taking it as an opportunity to learn, they chastise your view as novice and try to belittle your perspective.
Additionally, I’ve noticed these individuals often lack the creativity to approach things from a new perspective. The statement is usually, “I’ve never seen it done that way, so that’s not going to work”. We work in an industry that’s constantly changing, with leaders who challenged the norms to spawn innovation. How is it that we get to a point where cyber professionals believe they know everything? Or even fathom the thought that something is impossible?
Knowing nothing is just a part of life. It’s a test. If Socrates can admit he knows nothing, then why can’t we? Lack of knowledge should enhance curiosity, not lead to insecurity. Instead of settling with what was, challenge what is. Take life’s test and forge a new path.
Create the future!