We’ve all been around long enough to learn a few (thousand) things. And, no doubt about it, experience and knowledge are good things. But don’t confuse learning things with being a “knower”. If you’re interested in growth, collaboration and innovation, be a “learner” instead.
Knowers are bounded by their knowledge. They seek certainty, they need to be “right”. Because of this, they resist change. Learners instead see knowledge as a journey and actively seek new ideas, even those contrary to their in-going beliefs. And, perhaps most importantly, they’re willing to say “I don’t know” – which they invariably follow with saying “let’s figure it out”.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll take one Learner over a dozen Knowers, any day.