If you don’t know, ask. If you know, share.

Back in 2010, I was a trainee from the LORIA , it was the first time I read this thing on a blackboard, and it will become the thing I believe in the most :


This litterally mean “If you don’t know, ask. If you know, share !”. Maybe some of you knows Derek Sivers, he wrote about it here : “Obvious to you. Amazing to others.“, in more consensual ways.

Everyone here as already lived this unpleasant situation when someone is talking about something you don’t know. But… You fear that if you ask, you will be the dumber of everyone in the room.

It shouldn’t. Especially in some technical environments like programming. As a technician, you don’t share exactly the same background as everyone else. You use words that everyone don’t knows, and conversely.

Maybe you don’t know the thing, or maybe you just don’t know the word. But if you don’t ask, you will never know. And if someone trolls you because you asked, you earn the right to joke him harshly with everything you know that he don’t know. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. Nobody knows everything.

And nobody will make progress if everyone keeps his knowledge for himself. If you’re proud of what you know, then share it, but do not feel shameful if you don’t know something, just ask. In business this is an important way to improve processes. Because if you don’t share, and troll someone who doesn’t knows, he will never do progress, he will be frustrated and uncommunicative, and he will hates you. You wouldn’t improve your collaboration and your business effectiveness with that kind of sh*tty behavior…



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