January 12th, 2016
Episode 198 of 376 episodes
From Further Secrets of Adulthood: You know as much as most people. “I know as much as most people” is something that I remind myself when I’m confounded by an instruction manual, or by an app, or by some procedure I’m supposed to follow, or when I don’t know the meaning of a word, or I haven’t heard of some “well-known” figure. I remind myself that if I can’t figure something out, I shouldn’t beat myself up about it. This Secret of Adulthood is important to me, because I’m often reluctant to admit that I don’t know something or don’t know how to do something. I think I “should” know. This often happens so quickly that I don’t realize that I’m consciously doing it — only later, I think, “Why didn’t I ask…?” or “I never did quite understand…” Now I remind myself: I know as much as most people, so I shouldn’t feel sheepish about asking about things I don’t know. Do you do this? Try to cover up a lack of knowledge?
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