“My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious,

you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.”

– Mario Testino, international high fashion photographer/entrepreneur

 

A sure sign of someone in trouble – in their career or personal life – is someone who acts like, and truly believes, they know it all.

Those people are lethally dangerous.

If you truly believe you already know it all, you’re going to stop learning and miss opportunities to become smarter and more capable.

Some of the most successful people, in the long run, are true learn it alls. They are curious by nature – always listening and seeking to understand – and always wanting to find a better way.

While you can’t make a good evaluation about a person from only one perspective, this one is exceptionally powerful.

Know-it-alls are really irritating, because they already know the answers, and don’t have a true intention to truly understand things well.

It’s a very easy trap to fall into, for those of us who have been doing something for a long time, and are at – or close to – a level of mastery. And it’s a sure-fire recipe to slip backwards in whatever you are doing – never mind the damage to relationships.

Coach Kevin’s Challenge

  • In what areas of your life might you be a know it-all?
  • Where have you stopped looking for better ways to do something?
  • How can you make the shift to get back into a curious state?

* Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft