We should never be afraid to say “I don’t know” at work. There is no shame in not knowing something since it’s not possible to be an expert at everything and know it all. What matters is one’s honesty and attitude when facing “I don’t know” moments. I believe that we will go far if:
- we work on turning “I don’t know” moments into “let’s figure it out” opportunities
- we are curious about the unknown and willing to learn new things to find answers
- we work together to share knowledge and leverage each others’ strengths
I often value one’s attitude more than their knowledge and skills especially when it comes to team work. I enjoy working with someone who is honest and humble, and confident enough to admit they don’t have all the answers. “I don’t know, but let me see what I can do.“, “I don’t know, but what do you think?” or “I don’t know, but let’s figure it out together.” attitude is what I think is important and I value.
It’s our attitude that matters and can make all the difference.
Photo taken in Singapore, Gardens by the Bay 2018