May 17, 2021

You don’t know


Of course there are times when you don’t know what you don’t know. The trick is to recognise the feeling – when you’re out of your depth, out of your experience, seeing things you don’t recognise, working with luck and blind faith, floundering not only with the terminology but with the concepts that drive it, smiling or frowning when you’re not sure why.

Continue like this … may as well wander about and then punch yourself in the face.

The smarter alternative? The next step, every time, is to put some edges around the problem and then shrink it. If you’re relaxed about how timescales, read a book (or ten), catch some training, do the research. If you’re in a hurry or not a book learner, call for help. Whatever your method, find some expert knowledge and tap it for the good stuff.

Skippy strategy: When you don’t know, find some help.