There are four domains of knowledge.
1. I know what I know. – I know it.
2. I know that I don’t know. – Things that I want to learn.
3. I don’t know that I know. – Things that I know but seem to have forgotten.
4. I don’t know that I don’ t know. – I don’t know I didn’t know – what is the question?
These are the paradigms of my world, those four pieces of knowledge.
What makes this particularly difficult is that I don’t know what I don’t know. There are questions that I don’t even know to ask. There are places where I am blind and lack knowledge.
“Like the blind we grope along the wall,
feeling our way like men without eyes.”
We group along the wall because we don’t know what to ask.
Do you have any blind spots?
Here is where coaching can help. Coaching is engaging in authentic dialog with another to help discover and uncover those areas of blindness and working with the person to find a path to more knowledge about themselves, the world, and their part in the story.
Often we can’t discover what we don’t know because we don’t know the questions to ask to help us reveal the answer. Discovery isn’t always easy. Discovery though can be infinitely valuable. Discovery is a path to freedom.
Which quadrant is the biggest?
What do you want to know? Do you seek the answers to the questions you don’ t know to ask?