0.2%. Or 66 times. That's how often I used “I don't know” in my new book which I published on Medium a few weeks ago.
I used the phrase “I don't know” 66 times in a text that's 34,000 words long.
So you might wonder “how does he know?”
Here's the truth...
“I don't know.”
But someone who read the book took the time and counted the number of “I don't knows” in the book and pointed it out to me.
So why do I use this phrase so often?
Because the truth is that I really don't know.
I might think I know. But I usually don't know. Everything I think or pretend to know is just an assumption. Or a trick that my brain is playing on me. Or my ego.
At the end of the day we all don't know a thing about anything. And that's a good thing. Because if you think you know everything, if you pretend to know everything you're going to lose your curiosity for life.
You'll stop exploring. You'll stop learning new things. You'll stop reinventing yourself. And sooner or later you'll get stuck somewhere along the road.
You'll be too scared that people might realize that you don't know a thing. So you'll experiment less and less. You'll stop reinventing. Because you're too busy hiding your bluff.
But what do I know...?
[Related: I stopped giving a shit a long time ago]