“I don’t know”

In her latest newsletter, University of Pennsylvania psychologist and author Angela Duckworth reminds us of the value of intellectual humility.

“Don’t be afraid to admit what you don’t know. It’s a sign of strength, not weakness.

Do engage with people with genuine intellectual humility. When you’re asked a question you haven’t considered before, consider it a gift. And, perhaps, like the professor I was admiring the other day, follow ‘I don’t know’ with ‘Thank you. Great question. I’ll need to work on that.’”

And here’s a past post of mine on the value of intellectual humility in the college admissions process.