One thing we’ve learned at Buffer is that being open to not knowing things seems to be the best way to learn quickly and teach others at the same time. So many of our biggest hits on the blog have come from saying, “We don’t know the answer. Let’s find out!” On many matters, we haven’t any authority. Is this an okay way to get by? We’ve found great success in not knowing, and there’s no reason why you can’t, too. While we can certainly see the value in establishing yourself as an authority in your industry, being the answer-man or answer-woman isn’t the be-all, end-all of your options. You can survive and thrive by embracing “I don’t know.” Here’s what we’ve learned so far.
Text of Embrace What You Don't Know
Embrace What You Don't Know
We get asked a lot of questions...
How can I get more followers on social media?
How can I get more followers on social media? What's a good Google+ strategy? How much posting is too much? What're the KPIs of ROI on IG?
How can I get more followers on social media? What's a good Google+ strategy? How much posting is too much? What're the KPIs of ROI on IG? How do I make something go viral? What's the best headline ever written? Twitter or Facebook?
We're sure willing to find out.
We are authorities on not knowing You might say ...
When you think of an authority, what comes to mind?
Influence Expertise The Right Answers
Maybe we should expand our definition
Find whatever it is you're good at ...
Curation Tools Infographics Humor Transparency Etc.
Over 70% of us feel we don't have the answers
You're not alone
The majority of us feel that we don't know
So let's turn "not knowing" into an asset
"I don't know" = Trust
When people say I don't know, it lends credibility to everything else that they've said. JASON FREEDMAN
"I don't know" = Creativity
Stay hungry, stay foolish SAHAR HASHEMI
"I don't know" = Innovation
While it is good to break rules and push boundaries, it's much better to just never know that any rules exist. NILS SKOLD
1. Embrace what you don't know 2. Find out the answers 3. Claim authority in the strangest of places
Even more: bit.ly/embraceunknown Sources: Ahmed Rabea, Death to Stock Photo, Crew blog