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#1 Learning Problem: Knowing it All

Do you know someone who knows everything there is to know about something? Do you know someone who believes he or she is the world's greatest expert in a subject? Do you know people who think they know it all?

If so, you know the first reason why someone cannot learn.

"You cannot study a subject if you think you know all about it to begin with.

"A student who thinks he knows all there is to know about a subject will not be able to learn anything in it.

"A person might already be familiar with a subject from previous experience and, having had success in that field, now has the idea that he knows all about it."

"With that obstacle in the way, one can become completely bogged* down in his studies and not make forward progress.

"This is true for a student of any subject."

-- L. Ron Hubbard (bogged: hindered or slowed)

Symptoms of "Knowing it All"

When you think you know all about a subject, you cannot learn anything else about it. Instead of learning, you say things like:

"I don't need to take this class. I know all about this. I'm getting out of here."

"I could give a better lecture than that guy! What a waste of my time. I'm taking a nap."

"Whoever wrote this article should have asked me for my opinion; I know more than her!"

However, if you come to realize that no one knows everything about a topic, you can then learn something new. If you admit to yourself that you do not know it all, you can improve your knowledge and skill in that subject. You open a door to new knowledge.


How to Handle "Knowing it All"

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