Don’t Let Fear of "Not Knowing" Stifle Your Growth

Being okay with “not knowing” has always been difficult for me, as it is for many. There’s just something uncomfortable about it. We fear taking risks because we can’t foresee the future. We want to be able to plan, to predict, to prepare, and to control. We want to be certain and we want to know. But, obviously, we can’t possibly know everything. In some cases, uncertainty is inevitable.
The same thing also applies to learning. To ‘learn’ is to acknowledge that we are at a point where we don’t know yet (hence the reason for learning). But some of us are so afraid of being beginners, of admitting that we don’t know, of looking foolish and making mistakes throughout the learning process, that we actively give up learning altogether. We no longer pursue new challenges out of fear of looking stupid. We choose, instead, to stay in our comfort zones.


However, Lauryn Hill provides some valuable insights on why “not knowing” is the key to eventually “knowing,” and why we shouldn’t be afraid of admitting that we haven’t reached mastery yet. Here’s the clip below …

New situations can be really intimidating — whether it’s hitting the gym for the first time, taking on a new job, re-learning how to enjoy your own company after ending a long-term relationship, or starting a new relationship after relishing your independence. But don’t let fear, discomfort, and uncertainty keep you from learning and trying new things. After all, in order to master anything, you must first begin.

Don’t be afraid to be a beginner again.

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