The Courage to Admit You Don’t Know

By David Geller   |   June 16, 2015

Sometimes we confuse being vulnerable with being weak. We are afraid that if we let people know we don’t have all the answers, they will see us as weak, incompetent, and seek to take advantage of us. We fear we will be left exposed and vulnerable.

It takes courage to admit we don’t know all the answers. Courage to be seen as the student rather than the expert. Courage to admit that we are the one who needs assistance.

The truth, of course, is that when we admit what we don’t know, we become stronger. When we let others know we are open to their insights, our friends and colleagues often offer us a helping hand. They show us what to do, and our learning curve accelerates. We quickly climb the path from not knowing to competence, even excellence.

When we are willing to acknowledge what we don’t understand, we earn our colleagues’ friendship and respect. We make it easier for them to let us know when they don’t have the answers either. We start to create the foundation for building a powerful team where we acknowledge each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and work together to create a remarkable result.

Do you have the courage to admit you don’t know?

David Geller

About the Author

CEO David Geller co-founded the firm in 1991 and led the creation of Behavioral Wealth Management. Recognized on numerous prestigious "top financial advisor" lists, David is an in-demand speaker for professional groups and JOYN workshops. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post.

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