I get asked questions and advice several times a day, nearly every day. When I have information or insight to share I am happy to do so, but I wanted to talk today about the power of three words: I don’t know.
Saying “I don’t know” is not a failure and it doesn’t mean that I have failed the person asking. Saying “I don’t know” is actively acknowledging the limits of what I do know. What I try to do in cases when I don’t know the answer (or have any beneficial advice) is to offer the person some sort of guidance or direction in where they might find the information or advice they’re looking for.
I could kick butt Jeopardy with all the useless information bouncing around up there in my brain, but I don’t have to have all the answers. No one does, and no one should. We’re all here just doing the best we can.
Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.