Then as I learned more and more, I became more confident. I became so confident that I started to form my own thoughts. I could synthesize my own solutions and opinions.
So I started to branch out. I learned from other sources. Some of those sources contradicted what they told me originally.
So I started to rebel and questioned their knowledge. When I won an argument, I became emboldened. I became so emboldened that I started to think that I was mostly right.
The more knowledgeable I became, the less I listened. Then I stopped listening all together because I thought I knew everything.
Then one day I met a wise man. He confessed that he knew nothing. I figured I could teach him a thing or two.
He told me all the things he didn’t know. It became apparent that he was revealing things I didn’t even know I could know. And if this man who didn’t know anything knew more than I could ever imagine, then what did that make me?
I was humbled by him and the vastness of life.
I now know I know nothing. Because I know nothing, I must constantly strive to learn more. And that is the greatest knowledge of all.
I’ve found throughout my life that I go through this knowledge cycle ever so often. For example, when I start a new job, my knowledge of the subject starts at close to nothing. As I gain confidence in the topic, my ego starts to grow. I’ve only recently begun to consciously be self-aware of this egotistical growth. It helps me put an end to the overconfidence that can make me careless.
Everyday, I’m humbled by the incredible and impossible wealth of knowledge that I have yet to learn. It keeps me motivated to continually improve. For that, I am incredibly thankful.