If . . .
- you are able to get important things done
- you are seen learning things on your own
- you are seen trying to do things even if you aren’t sure how
- you share freely the things that you know
- you don’t hide your ignorance, but also don’t rest on it
- you honor what other people know
- you know more often than not how to find out what you don’t know
- you know how to ask for help
- you offer to help people on their own terms
Then . . .
- no one will care whether you succeed by learning or succeed by already knowing
- no one will care if you mess up occasionally because they assume you learn from it
- no one will mind if you forget (or don’t know) any given fact or method at any given time
- you will be treated as if you’re smart and useful, even though everyone knows you have a lot to learn