Seven years ago, I was bagging groceries just to make ends meet. My stint in the music industry running a small record label was gone just like that, seemingly in a snap of a finger. I was depressed and stressed out, and I didn’t know what to do. I remember my lunch breaks at the grocery store with 16-year old kids whose lives were just starting. They were so happy to have a summer job. As for me, I used to be a bigwig. I was earning a high six-figure income for crying out loud. I’m used to eating the best foods and wearing nice clothes. All of that went down the drain. For six-months, I endured the hardship as a blue-collar worker.
And that’s when it hit me. I need to start a new life. I was in dire need of a “do over.” I dutifully searched for a new venture to invest my newly found passion and energy. It was the start of my real estate investing career. Looking back, I am thankful that I went through all that because it has changed my perception of things. The lessons I have learned from my past experiences has never failed me until now. Here’s a recap of one of the concepts I would like to share with you which will open up your mind to a whole new level.
If you’re familiar with the “Johari Window”, a psychological tool to help people understand their relationship with other people. I have a similar concept of which I call “The Three Different Realms of Knowledge”. This concept is important to learn if you want to start a new life. It will make you look at things in a different light so to speak. To start with, people in general are reluctant learners. We are afraid and anxious to learn new things because we don’t like to find ourselves in uncompromising situations. Simply put, most people are satisfied with what they know.
So the first realm I would like to share is the realm of the things that you consciously know. From the simple, physical things that you know how to do everyday such as doing stuff on your job, maybe using the computer, tying your shoelaces… All that stuff. These is your acquired, basic knowledge that you collect as you progress along in life.
The second realm of knowledge is what I would like to call the realm of things that you know you don’t know. We can’t learn everything in this world. Like I, for example, don’t know how to speak Chinese, fly a plane or break par on the golf course. These are some of the things, however, I am looking forward to knowing how to do someday. Before I get ahead of myself, I would like to add that when we make decisions in our lives, we typically make those decisions based on what we know and what we don’t know. This produces a very limiting life. Now we can move forward to the third realm.
The third realm of knowledge consists of what we don’t know that we don’t know, and this is where the difference is made. To access this realm, you must keep an open mind, be curious and be open to new experiences and reserve your opinions and judgements until AFTER the experience. Embrace the unknown, and don’t be quick to think you “already know.” Keep an open mind, be curious and start a new life with enthusiasm! Miracles within the third realm of knowledge await you.