Updated: Mar 29, 2020
During my university years, and through my first working experience in a big international company, I was scared to death to ask questions.
I was constantly scared that the other person would discover how little I knew about a topic, and conclude that I was stupid. This mindset leaves very little room for growth, since the only way to really evolve is by accepting your lack of knowledge at a given moment.
When I did my Master in Wind Energy in Denmark, I noticed that super smart people with PHDs and more, would constantly ask very basic questions to people working in other fields.
This made me realise, that not knowing about a specific topic doesn't make you stupid, it simply makes you inexperienced in that field.
Realising this was truly life changing to me, because I understood that the way to become experienced is by accepting that you are not there yet, and that is okay.
We often confuse being smart with being experienced. Most people that look smart are actually just experienced.
However, they are also smart, because you need to be smart to be patient with yourself and have the courage to embark on the learning journey that leads to expertise.
I learned that there is really no need to be comparing yourself with experienced people. They have obviously done things that you haven't. Be humble enough to accept this, and slowly embark on your own learning journey, by asking them questions that you need to ask.
They are just people who at some point in the past, knew as little and felt as lost, as you do now.