You’re An Idiot. And That’s Great!

If you’re like the average person, you’ll be insulted by the title of this post. If you aren’t, that’s great because that means you’re open-minded and ready for improvement and growth.

Think about all the information available to us. How much of it do you know? If you’re realistic, your knowledge is negligible next to the information available to all of us. Doesn’t that make you an idiot?

“The only thing I know is that I know nothing.” Socrates

You might argue that most of that information isn’t useful for you or for your life. You’re probably right. Let’s take all the information that would be useful for you and for your life. How much of that information do you know? Most probably, still a minuscule, negligible fraction.

Add on top of that all the irrationalities and biases that you carry with yourself as a result of 4.5 billion years of evolution. Doesn’t that make you an idiot?

We’re All Idiots

Now, you might either reject that idea or embrace it. You might refuse it because you might think that it’s toxic to your self-esteem. If that’s your excuse to deny it, just realize that almost every human shares the same condition with you. And yes, that includes me.

Let the possibility of being an idiot sink in.

One Idea Can Turn Around Your Life

Maybe, you’re missing one simple idea to turn around your business, your finances, your relationships, or your life. If you accept being an idiot, you’ll be open to that possibility, look for that idea or ideas, and implement them in your life.

There have been multiple cases when a simple piece of information made a huge difference in my private and professional life.

In some cases, a single well-formulated Google query led me to the solution. In other cases, I had to spend more time studying to get results in a particular field. In either case, learning improved my results.

Most of us are idiots compared to our potentials, and that’s great news.

We have an enormous room for growth and improvement.

I don’t know about you but knowing that I’m an idiot makes me feel excited.

Imagine you learn only 1% of the information that is available to you and use it in your life. How would your life look like?

The problem isn’t that we are idiots. The challenge is to cultivate the humility to accept our ignorance, do our best to learn what we don’t know we don’t know, and to apply it in our lives.

You Can Overcome Your Challenges

If you’re experiencing challenges in your life, you might be one Google search away from the solution, or it might take a little more time to research and find the answers.

In either case, think about all the information and knowledge that’s available to all of us. There’s a good chance that the solutions to your problems are already available in that body of knowledge.

All you have to do is to formulate your problems and search for the answers. If you can’t find the solutions by yourself, ask others. You can hire a professional, or you can ask your question on an online forum like Quora.

The answers will come to you if you’re open to them and if you have the humility to admit your ignorance. When they come, your life will be transformed.

Burak Bilgin
Software developer with a Ph.D. and 15 years of experience. I write daily on personal development and life lessons. Sign up to my email newsletter to receive a weekly overview of my latest content on personal development and life lessons.