Bit of an open ended question but if one answers it honestly I guess the answer would have to be something along the lines of ‘A whole lot’. Simply because there so so much information and knowledge out there these days it would be impossible to know and cover every topic or opinion.
However that is not to say you are ignorant. Just that you don’t know everything – perhaps unlike some folk that you may know. Usually referred to as “Know All’s”
An Historic Angle
As an aside it is interesting to look back at history where in the early days of science, for example, notable characters operated across multiple disciplines in the search for knowledge. To name just a few think of people like Bacon, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, Newton and Boyle.
These days that opportunity has really gone with the vast increase in knowledge. Most peoples’ knowledge is focussed in a single detailed discipline
Back To The Present
There is a saying that is often used when it comes to knowing something
‘You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know’
When I first come across it I was a bit mystified about its sense. But it definitely makes great sense the more you think about it. Not knowing what you don’t know is a hard concept to grasp in some instances.
Because it is normally referring to the absence of knowledge or the lack of knowing of some fact or information. And if you have no reference base from which to draw then you are really in the ‘lap of the gods’ – to use another quote.
From time to time ‘Not Knowing’ can be seen in popular quiz programs when a contestant is asked a question that you or I may well consider fundamental. How could they not know that you might ask.
The fact of the matter is they just don’t know. And we have some good examples in one US president with his blooper when he named Kansas as the home state for the Kansas City Chiefs – it should have been Missouri.
Comprehension and Interpretation
Comprehension and interpretation also play a big part in knowledge so it is important when learning knew concepts that they are understood correctly. I recall a very old joke about two washer women in the laundry scrubbing away.
One asked ‘Where’s the soap? The reply ‘Yes doesn’t it’ – because ‘where’s’ had been understood as ‘wears’.
Sadly I’ll have to admit that when I first heard it it took me several repeats to understand the point and even then I needed help to fully grasp it.
And in some senses all of this is akin to the other quote that ‘The silliest question is the one that is not asked’ Because asking questions is often the only way one finds the answer.
Overcoming the On Line Knowledge Gap
If you are trying to build an online business then as you start out there is a lot to learn. Initial knowledge may be very limited. Some information will be gained by just doing tasks and making mistakes on the way through.
But other information will be harder to find and understand. Some might call them tricks of the trade but often things are deliberately omitted from training by the ‘guru’ who wants to keep selling you the next great thing.
This is where we need to ‘ask that question’ and it is who we ask that becomes really important.
In a word we need a mentor.
What is a Mentor
One dictionary definition of mentor is ‘an experienced and trusted adviser.’ (affiliate link)Wikipedia defines mentorship, as ….
… ‘a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but he or she must have a certain area of expertise’
Finding a Mentor in the Online World
If you have spent any time trying to make an income online then some of the same names will have kept cropping up. Don’t just select the first one that takes your fancy.
Spend time to determine their reputation. Because like shiny objects not all of them are what they appear to be.
See what their peers think about them. Look at their views and opinions online to get a feel for their ethic. Ask others in online groups and forums what their experience has been.
Finally check out what your potential mentor is offering in the way of training that is relevant for yourself.
Then select one them and join the training selected as the most appropriate for your situation. Commit to following through with it to achieve a result.
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John has been around for many years and has been highly successful in that niche.
His (affiliate link)Partnership to Success training is first class and he will encourage you all the way through to success.
Talk again soon
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