When you don’t know something, I’d challenge you to ask one simple question:
Will you teach me?
If someone declines that offer, bid them adieu. If people are unwilling to share or instruct, why keep listening?
But the good ones are willing to teach. Ask them to help you understand. And when they do their instructing, sit patiently at their feet.
What could you soak up if you asked at least one person each day this week, “Will you teach me?"
Sure, this admits your ignorance. Which is the first step toward admitting your desire to be smart.
h/t: Seth Godin