I didn’t know the stuff most people knew, because I didn’t bother to learn. Nor did I read the news.
So to protect my self-image and from total embarrassment, I turned to my two favorite words:
“You should seal your phone in a bag of rice if you drop it in water.”
“Weight lifting shapes your body better than cardio does.”
“A high-protein, low-carb diet is the best diet.”
While I did felt ashamed for lying to myself and pretending I knew when I didn’t, I just couldn’t confess the truth. It was too risky.
People figure out how smart you are based on what you say. So if you shoot back a “I know” after they pass you a suggestion or a fact, they’ll automatically assume you know, which leaves them with nothing else to say.
Conversation ends there, and you’re saved!
At least that’s what I thought would happen for every case. But no. There’s always that one person who forces you to continue with a follow-up question.
And that’s where it hit me hardest.
Because the moment I start talking gibberish or making stuff up, I get caught. Instantly. By people smarter than me in that field. In the end, I lose their trust and my credibility — a stain that sticks by forever.
“Trust doesn’t come with a refill. Once it’s gone, you probably won’t get it back, and if you do, it will never be the same and that’s a fact.”
So when you don’t know, say “I don’t know”
Because when you pretend by saying “I know”, two things happen:
- Others will eventually realize you don’t know as much as you think and your authority drops.
- Others will stop giving you information — because they assume you know it all.
So better you admit the truth than lose your credibility.