We hate the know-it-all, don’t we? It’s one thing to have a friend who we can ping in a pinch because they know something we don’t. But the Little Ms. Perfect who can do no wrong, <<shudder>>, rubs us the wrong way, doesn’t it?
Whether you are new in a job/role or you have experience in a job/role, there’s a danger in thinking you know it all. I am not sure how people can think they know it all, but they do. Call it hubris. Ego. Naivete. Or just downright lazy thinking.
Sure, it feels good to be so self-assured. But rest assured, such (false) confidence will bite you in the ass.
I worked on reviewing some legislation and policy with a fresh grad. Eager, inquisitive, and hungry. What I noticed when we took some online training courses or when he did his own self-study, he felt he knew it all. So when we took a ‘101’ primer class on contract law, he criticized how the information was so basic. When I commented that it was quite useful, he looked at me like I was the newbie.
I love this quote by Charlie Munger:
“If You‘re Not Confused, You Don’t Understand Things Very Well.”
Meaning…the more you think you understand something or find a dense area so crystal clear, TRUST me (and Charlie Munger), you don’t understand it.
It’s sort of like how you don’t know that you don’t know anything.
Beware of thinking you know it all. It may feel good to have this (unearned) mindset. But the flip side is that this is your blind spot. Waiting to creep up on you…
…and before you know it, you’ve fucked up. You believed your own hype. You end up like Ronda Roussey, believing in your own greatness and invincibility.
Until you get hit in the face.
Down for the count.
Will you get up?
Or did your false belief in your hype be so deep down, that you can’t get back up?