It’s not about how much you know, but how much more you’re able to learn.
Ever since I started rebuilding my life three years ago, I made it a habit to constantly write down the things I didn’t know in a notebook. And whenever I got the chance, I would spend the whole day learning everything I could about that topic.
The topic didn’t matter. It could be about writing or intermittent fasting which I’m more familiar with, or it could be about the deep sea, the geology of Australia, the fossil forests of Antarctica — it didn’t matter. What mattered more was that I took initiative to consistently learn new things I didn’t before.
Some people have asked me why, and the answer I give is: Knowledge is power.
Knowledge gives you the ability to start and continue conversations.
Knowledge gives you the ability to react in situations outside of your control.
Knowledge gives you the ability to see things beyond the superficial.
We could ask for help, but who can we rely on when we’re miles away from people we know? What happens when we set off to college and we have no idea who to get help from? What happens if we’re traveling by ourselves in a country where we can’t speak a word of that language?
Knowledge won’t help in every situation, but it will in most. Nobody ever learned something and wished they hadn’t.