Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.
Why I love these words from Socrates?
Because exploding amounts of knowledge and new technologies, while rather unchanged learning abilities of human beings, leave all of us with an increasing challenge to accept how much we do not know.
Because I believe in humbleness and courage as important values in life. Including our professional life. In these confusing, disruptive and fast-changing years more than ever.
Because it takes courage to be truly humble. Only the strongest are able to admit and accept what they do not know as that position might look weak to those who haven’t yet learned the meaning of real strength.
Because these words from an almost 2500-year-old philosopher remind us that although much has changed, many important things have not.
Scientifically, our brains have not changed for more than 50.000 years, and they were a lot more like us than we might think. We have no reason whatsoever to feel superior to ancient people.
Because I believe Socrates’ words are more important than ever. Society, business, technologies, and knowledge change faster than ever and faster than any one person can comprehend. The winners in life, society and business will be those humble and brave enough to listen, learn, adjust and grow.
What do you think?