Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

January 8, 2014

“Based On What You Know Now”

It’s okay to not know everything.

It’s okay to be asked a question that you don’t have the answer to.

It’s okay to have to do a little research, look at the facts, and come to a conclusion of your own.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of needing to know everything.

Pretending like your limited life experience qualifies you to have a credible opinion about things of which you are mostly ignorant is self limiting and a dangerous vice to ignore.

As yourself: Do you really know the whole story? Are you aware of all the different factors involved in this situation? What special knowledge do you have that no one else has?

Based on what you know now you have a quick opinion of what you think should be done.  (We all do.) But based on what you could know you might change your mind. Either way, you don’t do anyone a service by building worst case scenarios and presumptive guesses based on limited information.

Use “what you know now” to improve your communication.

It makes all the difference in the world to just qualify your opinion by letting people know that your expertise is “based on what you know now”.

And while those words might seem overly simplistic or trivial, it’s actually quite human. And sometimes endearing. Because that little bit of humility demonstrates to everyone else around you that you’re flexible, informed, and attempting to communicate the best possible strategy for a given problem.

To pretend otherwise is arrogant and unnecessary.

More importantly, it shoves the relationships you have with others further away from you. Think about that the next time you’re debating how to communicate your opinion.

Being human helps you, it doesn’t hurt you (“based on what I know now”).

About the author

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.