You heard it right People Don’t Care How Much You Know.
Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Admittedly, at times all of us get caught up in the doldrums of daily life and trivial matters. We often magnify small issues and worry, such as worrying about what people think of us. And questions like those take up too much brain space.
And honestly, no one thinks of us as much as we think they might. As human beings, we are wired to be a little self-involved and overestimate our importance at times. And thus, we tend to believe people are scrutinizing our every move, but this is not true at all. You do not have to worry about always coming across as completely perfect; we are all human and thus do not need to feel like we have to come across as perfect.
Everyone Is Learning Or Am I The Only One?
A lot of people are scared to admit when they don’t know about something. For example, imagine you went to a job interview, and the interviewer asked you about a competitor of theirs, but you have not heard of them. A lot of people might feel pressured to say they have heard of their competitors! However, it is not necessary to do that. If you admit that you are unaware of the competitor, you will be fine. The interviewer will probably tell you about them on their own. But if you lie and pretend to know about the competitor in order to save face and come across as ‘smart,’ you might land yourself in hot water.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. If I don’t know about something when I am asked about it, will I come across as dumb?
Answer: No, you will not! There is nothing wrong with not having all the information in the world! No one can do that, at least not humans. There is beauty in learning new things. And believe it or not, a lot of people love telling people about things they have never heard of, thus teaching them something new. Hence, if you admit that you do not know about something, you might be giving someone a chance to show you something new and inadvertently forge a unique bond with them.
2. If I want to be a thought leader, shouldn’t I come across as someone who is well versed with a variety of topics?
While someone who aims to be a thought leader should know about a few topics, there is not a requirement for you to know everything about anything; like we said, that is impossible! You need to give yourself space to learn. And people should also have an opportunity to teach you new things. If you tell people you know everything about anything, you will come across as intimidating, and no one will be able to relate to you; hence, you will have a very hard time building connection with people.
3. How do I overcome my fear of getting my mind blocked and not being able to get my point across?
A few times, we will come across a situation where we will have the information that is required but might not be able to get our point across for any reason whatsoever. This can be nerves; it can be fear or more! Which is why it is a good idea to teach yourself certain breathing techniques that you can use to lower your anxiety. Learning how to do this will help you become better at managing your emotions and hence being able to calm down and get your point across coherently. A lot of times, we get so into our heads about an excellent performance we forget that people don’t care how much you know!
Everyone Is On Their Own Journey
It is a good idea to remember that everyone is on their own journey and has their own pace. There is no point in rushing anything because it does not matter; you will not speed up your journey because of someone else. People don’t care how much you know, and thinking that they do only hinders your path. There are no shortcuts to learning new things; you need to take time and absorb new information; otherwise, you might not retain it. The solutions-to-problems approach is honestly the way to go where you are trying to broaden your mind.
We all have our own journey when it comes to becoming thought leaders. No two journeys will be the same, and you need to let go of the fear of judgment because honestly, that is the only thing that will be holding you back.