We live in a culture where we sometimes feel inadequate simply because we don’t have all the answers. Here’s a valuable reminder that it’s okay, and how to respond (to yourself and others) when asked a question you may not have the answer for.
What do you say when someone asks a question you don’t know the answer to?
How do you feel about not having the answer?
I don’t mean questions like what’s the square root of some random number.
I’m referring to questions you feel like you should know the answer to.
Maybe it’s a question about your business, or how to do something, or where to find something important.
If you are someone who feels uncomfortable under such circumstances, you may be inclined to quickly say or do something to take yourself out of that uncomfortable space.
The good news I’d like to offer you is this:
It’s okay if you don’t know the answer!
It’s one of the most powerful life lessons we can learn.
If you are an aspiring or operating legacy entrepreneur, there is absolutely no doubt you will be faced with moments of not having an immediate answer. Especially when you’re first starting out.
If you think about it, most of the time, we DON’T know the answer to anything until we’ve been in a situation where we needed that answer.
You don’t feel bad about not knowing where the restroom is in a place you’re visiting for the first time. And when you need to know, you don’t feel bad for taking necessary steps to discover it. That may be as simple as looking around, or you may have to ask someone.
There is no reason to feel or act differently about other questions you may not know the answer to.
It is no sacrifice of personal power to simply say, “I’m not sure about that,” or, “Let me do a little research and I’ll get back to you.”
In fact, when you are able to say confidently that you are unsure, or that you will find an answer, you are standing fully in your personal power. You give yourself permission to not know, and an opportunity to find out.