Every time I used to think that I know everything, I always had to stop myself. Qualifications have a way of making you think that you know everything and other people may not know as much as you.
Since then, I have learnt that having credentials is excellent, but that does not imply that you know everything.
Qualifications can make you think you are brighter and more knowledgeable than everyone around you, I have realised that there is so much more to learn in life beyond your highest qualification.
The more books I read, the more I realise how much I don’t know.
“As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance,” physicist John Wheeler once said.
Since understanding this principle, I have resolved to be a lifelong learner, an eternal student of life and for life.
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday says that lifelong learning keeps you humble and motivates you to learn from the finest in your area.
It takes a unique type of humility to admit you know less as you learn more.
With success comes the urge to seem to know more than we do. We pretend we already know it all. Scientia infla [knowledge puffs up], to assume we are fixed and secure when in actuality learning and mastery is a fluid, ongoing process.
It is not enough to start as a student. It’s a lifelong commitment. Take in everything. Learn from your opponents, your opponents’ opponents, learn even from your victories.
As Epictetus said before:
“It is impossible for a man to learn that, which he thinks he already knows.”
Being a student is a stance that one must take on for the rest of one’s life. Everyone and everything can teach you something.