"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know." - Daniel J. Boorstin
There is this phenomenon in life about learning more. As if that is going to help make things better. But it doesn’t. If knowing made a difference for most, then why would anyone be overweight? Who doesn’t know how to lose weight?
The reason it doesn’t work is because our blind spots, or unconscious mind are what drives us when we are not consciously remembering to use our willpower.
There is stuff in life we know, and we know that we know it. Like you know:
How to drive a car
How to read
How to walk
And these are all things that you know you know.
Then there is what we know that we don’t know. Like:
I know that I don’t know how to speak Chinese
I know that I don’t know how to fly an airplane
There are a lot of things (probably way more than I even know) that I know I don’t’ know. And if I want, I can go learn these things and make them part of the what I know that I know category.
But doing this, moving things from what we know we don’t know (by learning them) to the category of what we know we know, isn’t much help when it comes to our unconscious actions.
You see, there is this whole other category that is
What you don’t know and you don’t know you don’t know it.
Tell me one thing that you don’t know you don’t know?
It is impossible. Because you don’t know that you don’t know. If you tell me about it, the thing is automatically in the category or what you know, you don’t know.
This is what makes up most of what is running our life. These are the blind spots that insights and enlightenment happen from. These are the life changing ‘aha’s” that people have and alter their life in the moment forever.
And asking questions of yourself (and answering them) is a great access into these things that you don’t know you don’t know.
www.landmarkeducation.com offers a 3 day seminar called the Landmark Forum. And this is a great place to go to find all the things in life holding you back. All the things you don’t know that you don’t know.