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Universe of Knowledge

“It’s better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”

                                            ~ Unknown

The Universe of Knowledge can be as large and complete as the entire compendium of human understanding or as small as a principle, thought, discipline or way of doing something. When you understand or know how to do something you can see the bigger pictdure of its Universe of Knowlege. But when you can’t see that Big Picture you have no idea just how big that universe might be and the task of learning and understanding it might seem overwhelming.

I took an American History class in high school because it was a part of the general curriculum required to obtain my diploma. But at that time history didn’t mean too much to me because I was only subjected to a finite selection of its Universe of Knowledge. It was hard to get excited about a class that had only a small context in the Bigger Picture of World History over all. It wasn’t until after becoming a History Major in college and talking a host of other classes on everything from Russian History to the Industrial Revolution to the Ming Dynasty that I began to put it all together and see that Bigger Picture. As I took more courses that Bigger Picture of how world history all fit together began to come into better focus. Now, that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy each class as I took it, but it was just easier to understand the Universe of Knowledge of history once I had a better understanding of how it all fit together.

Just think about starting a new job. During your first few days or even weeks on the job, you really don’t yet know your way around. It takes time to get to know the office layout, the company policies (both written and unwritten), and the people with whom you will now be working.You can’t see the entire Universe of Knowledge of that environment and the new situation(s) in which you now find yourself. Over a period of time though, it all begins to come together as you get settled and learn your way around. During this phase you begin to see the Bigger Picture and realize the extent of its Universe of Knowledge.

It doesn’t matter what undertaking upon which you decide to embark. If it is new to you then there is more likely than not a Universe of Knowledge that you will not yet know and understand. So, what do you do?

“Don’t fear what you don’t know. Just get excited about what you do know!”

You can’t, won’t and don’t have to know and understand everything all at once. The Station by Robert J. Hastings teaches us that the true joy of life lies in the journey … not in arriving at the destination. Enjoy the process and take the time to learn as you go. But along the way, do not burden yourself with and Fear what you still don’t yet know and understand. Just get excited about what you do know and where you are in the process and accept the rest as it comes to you while you learn and grow deeper into each new discipline.

I had an understanding in my Health & Fitness business that my clients were often overwhelmed by their new venture into exercise, nutrition and better health choices. I knew that for many of them just walking into a health club was a whole new adventure; let alone understanding how to use the equipment or anything about nutrition. They just couldn’t see the “Bigger Picture” and often felt overwhelmed by the breadth of the Universe of Knowledge they did not yet see and understand. I encouraged them to just take it slow and together we’d walk through the process to help them understand what they needed to learn. We never focused on what they didn’t know and only discussed it when we were about to begin a new step in their training. But for the most part, we simply stayed focused on what they did know so they could relish in the excitement of where they were in the process.

“Little by little … Step by step … One day at a time … That’s the way!”

I then employed that same philosophy in my own life when I got my Real Estate license as I fell back on the understanding and compassion I had for my fitness clients. I didn’t Fear what I still did not yet know and understand about real estate. I just relaxed and got excited about what I did know as I learned my way through the new discipline of understanding this new Universe of Knowledge. At times it seemed overwhelming. But as that “Big Picture” came into focus, I realized the Universe of Knowledge to understanding real estate was not that big at all and two years later I was teaching classes on the subjects of contract writing and contract negotiations.

The moral of these stories is that I didn’t let my Health & Fitness clients get overwhelmed and I didn’t let myself get overwhelmed by the burden of worrying about what seemed to be a vast and unattainable Universe of Knowledge. Instead, we took it one step at a time and got excited about what we did know while the Big Picture slowly came into focus.


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