It’s ok to not know an answer. In a competitive, capitalistic society like ours, we are often afraid to appear stupid. Well, I say nothing is more stupid than trying to look smarter than you really are. This ties into my last post about real knowledge. Taking the time to find out the real answer is better than perpetuating a wrong one. If you don’t know (or think you do, but really don’t, you know who you are) and the other person(s) finds out you didn’t really know what you were talking about, you will appear to be less intelligent than you think you are. If this happens, especially on a repeat basis, people will be less inclined to believe you when you are telling the truth and you will probably also lose the trust of others, which is no small thing.
It’s time to break the continuum of bad information. Yes, it’s best to have a good answer, but second best is a truthful “I don’t know, but I will find out.” You will display a dignified common sense and gain confidence based in real knowledge. With that knowledge, comes power and who doesn’t want power?
Just some fyi’s:
Real information doesn’t come from Google. Google and other search engines just shove what they find on the Internet in your face. They don’t distinguish good from bad. Take the time to check out the url and find out what the site is really all about.
Good sources of real information: libraries, databases (especially subscriptions ones or ones available through libraries. In this case, quality does have a price tag), government websites (want to know how soandso really voted? look it up! it’s really not that hard), and experts (I’m not talking about pundits or loud-mouthed broadcasters, I’m talking about educated and highly qualified experts. Yes, they do exist). Also, be sure to read about both sides of an issue. There’s a bias in just about everything. Make sure you weigh both sides before picking one.