Better to be a learn-it-all

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I read a quote recently that is a great lesson for kids and adults alike. The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, said, “The learn-it-all will always do better than the know-it-all.” He discovered this studying the characteristics of children who do well in school. He applies that same framework within the culture of Microsoft.

A young child is almost never afraid to be wrong. But by midway through elementary school, many children develop the fear of saying, “I don’t know.” This persists through high school, college and into adulthood. I still find myself slightly embarrassed when I don’t know something that I feel I should know.

The earlier a child is taught that it’s okay to not know and then encouraged to learn, the more likely they will develop into a learn-it-all rather than a know-it-all. Nadella learned this from Carol Dweck’s Mindset, one of the books I recommend on my website: Recommended Reading. I’ve put up a list of my favorite books for adults and kids. If you find any of them interesting, let me know!