One movie I particularly like is, “Shooter,” with Mark Walhberg.
It is about an ex-sniper who is hired to reverse engineer what they say is an attempt on the president.
But it turns out to be some big conspiracy, with all kinds of cool plot twists.
There’s one scene that’s one my movie favorites.
The main character and his sidekick go and visit this old guy. He’s the archetype of the old wise character who’s been around, knows all about everybody’s dirty laundry, etc.
One line he says has ALWAYS stuck with me, after he goes on and on about how deep government conspiracies run.
“Just when you think you know, you’re wrong!”
Meaning we humans are good at convincing ourselves we know things. When we are really pretty clueless.
If you want to do an experiment, ask a bunch of people a difficult questions. One that HAS an answer, but one that most people don’t really know.
You’ll find that most people will have a hard time looking you dead in the eye and saying, “I really don’t know.”
What many people do is try to come up with an answer that “sounds” good. So we look like we know what we’re talking about.
But the secret is accepting that you DON’T know, or you COULD be wrong is the best thing ever.
Because it will OPEN your mind to NEW ideas, thoughts, models of the world, ways of looking at things.
One of the maxims from NLP is that whoever is most flexible will prevail.
If you have a flexible mindset, and can look at things in many different ways, you’ll generally be much more resourceful than people who need to be “right” all the time.
The natural way of learning (not sitting in school) is frustration, then curiosity, then exploration, then testing, then knowledge.
You are frustrated because you want something or you can’t do something. This leads to becoming curious about how you can get it. Then you start to take action, trying different things. Then you get feedback, and pretty soon you can get what you want.
Until this process starts all over again. The more you go through this, the more you’ll learn. The more you’ll learn, the more you’ll be able to get.
If you need to KNOW the TRUTH all the time, you’re stuck. Since you KNOW, there’s no reason to EXPLORE. To find out. To grow. To improve.
Knowledge in and of itself can be pretty boring.
Continuously searching for NEW knowledge is what life is all about.