The willingness to learn

Motto of the day*
What helps to deal with an uncertain future: fear, courage or ignorance?
Some people have accumulated so many hunches and opinions that there is no more space for learning.

How about the willingness to learn


Those who already know everything, don’t want to and will learn nothing more. What exactly is healthy doubt, and how can we foster it?

The willingness to learn


Some people have accumulated so many hunches and opinions that there is no more space for learning.

And before someone gets the impression that I am throwing stones around me while sitting in a glasshouse; nobody is really free of that. It is not always so easy to know what to doubt.

I think it is important to question even holy cows with healthy doubt from time to time. Although it is not so clearly defined what healthy doubt is.

Too many doubts and especially self-doubt easily lead to problems. This binds too much energy and it paralyzes.

On the other hand, especially personalities who know themselves and rest in themselves are able to doubt things constructively. “He who believes to be something has stopped becoming something”, Socrates said. Yes, then there is no more personal development.

And so the question remains for me; what exactly is healthy doubt, and how can I foster it?



I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.




How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?


Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:


  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?



And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:


  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

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What exactly is healthy doubt and how can we foster it?


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This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: May 10, 2020
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: May 10, 2020
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