IN THE KNOW...
Being in the know is always compelling to the ego, and often dangerous.
Here is Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s take on it, from her new autobiography, MY BELOVED WORLD, a fast-paced story about her rise from the South Bronx to the Supreme Court. She identifies many character traits which propelled her along the way, and the one that struck home was her learning how to say “I don’t know.”
Quoting from a Washington Post story, “I think that one of the worst mistakes that not just kids but many adults make is being ashamed of admitting they don’t know something.” Her first big ask was of her 6th-grade schoolmate who won all the gold stars: “How do you study? …Throughout my school days and now, even as a justice, if I don’t know something I ask.”
Well, gee, if asking questions and being open and curious got her from the slums to the Supreme Court, what could it hurt for us to stop trying to prove we know it all?
What are you curious about?
What do you want to know?
Who can you ask?