Uncertainty: You Don’t Know Anything and That’s Good

Nobody knows everything.

You think you are right but years later you know that you weren’t and it’s good that you aren’t right the whole time. Uncertainty is good!

Because if we were right the whole time, we would never change or improve ourselves. We would stay on the same level of education as we were as a kid.

We once thought that Santa Claus is real.

You don’t know anything about you!

You don’t know anything about yourself because who you think you are is what you think about yourself. You can change whatever you want and to whoever you want to be.

By knowing that you don’t know anything you think differently of yourself and the world. Without this ability, a lot of big inventions wouldn’t have happened, like the light bulb or the computer.

“To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.”

— Socrates

Already Socrates knew that you are never able to know everything. If you study, learn, and read, you figure out you don’t know anything. There is so much information and knowledge out there.

It’s impossible to know everything. You, me, and everyone else out there (even a Nobel prize winner) know less than 1% of the knowledge out there.

That’s good because you don’t want to know everything, you would go insane. And your curiosity and motivation would be zero, nada, niente.

But your curiosity for life and what comes next will get you going.

You want to:

  • Read more
  • Experience more
  • Achieve more

Through curiosity, we change and improve.

Change and improvement are crucial

Without them, there wouldn’t be any scientific research or development. We would be stuck in the same position, or even worse: fall behind.

When you think about your 14-year-old self, don’t you think you were naive and stupid?

You made mistakes that you now think were stupid but you didn’t know that back then. Now you know it because you changed and learned from the mistakes you made.

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

— John Wooden

Many people are afraid of making mistakes but they are really important for you to learn, change, and improve.

All successful people made a lot of mistakes at the beginning until they found their success. They are still making mistakes because we are all human. And it’s in human nature to make mistakes.

We made a lot of mistakes as a kid and a teenager but that’s how we learned and how we grew up.

We improved and changed.

I’m a shy and introverted person. I thought I cannot change that and I will always be a shy person. I’m still introverted and I will not work on changing that anymore.

But I’m not shy anymore. I left my comfort zone, talked with people, challenged myself, and I’m now more successful than ever.

The person you think you are is only what you think of yourself!

And you can change your thoughts and mindset. That’s the great thing about life and your thoughts!

You think about yourself and what type of person you are. But you’re thinking that and then acting according to it.

You can change your thoughts about yourself and you change yourself. Because you are the person you think you are.

“Change your thinking. Change your life! Your thoughts create your reality. Practice positive thinking. Act the way you want to be, and soon you will be the way you act.”

— Les Brown

You can change yourself.

You shouldn’t take your personality for granted. Everything is flexible, even your personality.

You will change your whole life. I’m not a 14-year-old teenager anymore, and neither are you. You changed. I changed.

And the great thing about change: you don’t know what’s possible.

I could have never imagined being the person I am right now when I was young. I’m a president of a student organization, I write online and I have a part-time job in an architecture office.

I couldn’t even imagine that when I was 14 years old.

Uncertainty in every second

You don’t know for sure what happens tomorrow or the next second, and you can never be sure.

Yesterday I talked to a guy who wasn’t very appealing to me at first and I didn’t know what to talk about.

At first, he was talking a lot about politics and his point of view. I don’t like talking about politics when going out especially not with the kind of people that are enthusiastic about it.

Afterward, we talked about our studies at the university, and we found a topic we could talk about. My whole view of him changed.

Don’t judge somebody for one thing because you don’t know anything about that person or the reason he is doing or saying that.

You don’t know anything.

You also shouldn’t expect everybody to understand what you’re saying because they also don’t know everything about you.

The only thing you can be sure about is that you’re dying someday.

Death is a certainty.

It’s ok to be wrong or be uncertain because everything is. Don’t take yourself seriously.

You are never right because it’s only your way of looking at things at this moment.

It will change. Accept the change and the things you don’t know, and you will be curious for the rest of your life.

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