Smarter Than You
I’ve developed a new fascination…
Rare books, preferably first editions of some of my favorites like Anne of Green Gables.
(Btw, I can’t actually afford these books… I just like to search for them and imagine a library in my home full of them.)
Reading didn’t come easily for me as a child. My memories of 1st grade reading class are painful, but I was so hungry to learn that I worked and worked until I finally figured out how it all fit together. Once I tackled it, I wouldn’t put a book down. (I still get in trouble from time to time for having my nose in a book rather than my heart in a conversation.)
I think part of my stubbornness to learn to read was rooted in my independent nature. I didn’t want anyone else to tell me what I needed to learn. I wanted to read it and learn it for myself.
While that attitude has served me well in some ways, it’s also hindered me in others.
You see, we need to learn from others.
One of the most valuable things I’m learning in this season of life is to constantly surround myself with people who are smarter than I am. And yes, that’s a little scary at times. The willingness to acknowledge that you don’t know it all or can’t figure it all out on your own is a big sucker punch to your pride. Pride challenges you to cover up your ignorance. It teaches you to bluff your way through things you know nothing about.
But when you give into pride, you allow yourself to live in ignorance. Pride holds you back and inhibits you from vulnerably acknowledging you don’t know something.
Surround yourself with people smarter than you.
When you are facing a project or challenge that is new or unknown, find others who are more experienced to coach you through it.
Don’t be afraid of acknowledging that you don’t know. In doing so, you actually prove that you know more than you think. 🙂