I Know I Don’t Know

 fb lady of thought“I’ve spent my life trying to undo habits—especially habits of thinking. They narrow your interaction with the world. They’re the phrases that come easily to your mind, like: ‘I know what I think,’ or ‘I know what I like,’ or ‘I know what’s going to happen today.’ If you just replace ‘know’ with ‘don’t know,’ then you start to move into the unknown. And that’s where the interesting stuff happens.” ~ Lady in picture as seen on Humans of New York Facebook page

True learning happens in the unknown spaces when you change ‘I know’ to ‘I don’t know’.

‘I know what I think and I know what I know’ locks you in the closet of your beliefs. You’ve bolted the closet door against anything or anyone coming in.

‘I know what’s going to happen’ blocks you from the unexpected moments of life. Unless you’ve always done the same thing, do you really know what’s going to happen?  Remember the beauty of being human – we don’t know what we’re going to do.

‘I know what I like’ narrows and constricts your world view down to predictability. You’ve settled to live life without a single opportunity to challenge yourself.

Open your mind to the possibilities and serendipity of the world. They’re what make life truly worth living.
Otherwise, you’re stuck. Content. Average. Repetitive. Boring.

I don’t know what I think.
I don’t know what’s going to happen.
I don’t know what I like.

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Inspiration and Fun and Music and Mindmaps

My friend, Chief Learning Rebel Shannon Tipton (@stipton on Twitter), recently blogged about The Mystery of Inspiration.

Here is my real-life inspiration, typos and all, via a conversation Shannon and I are having on Twitter right now:

Me:  It’s #DanceDay Friday….first up: Little Red Corvette by Prince.

Shannon: mind map to raspberry beret.

Me: mind map to 99 red ballons

Shannon: mind map to Red, Red Wine

Me: mind map to Heaven is a Place on Earth

Shannon: the ultimate mind map Stairway to Heaven

Shannon (she cheated and got in THREE while I was in a meeting….harrumph): mind map knocking on heavens door.

Shannon (yet again): Magic Carpet Ride

Me (finally my turn): We’ve Only Just Begun by Karen Carpenter #MindMapSongs

 

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Best Advice I’ve Received

“Dear phone, it’s not you…it’s me. I love you, but I need you to leave my bedroom.” ~Arianna Huffington

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