Realizing You Know Nothing Can Lead To Some Of The Greatest Moments in Your Life


Written by Leah Gonzalez

If you’re a fan of the Game of Thrones series you’re probably familiar with the famous line, ‘You know nothing, Jon Snow’--the line that the red-haired wildling woman Ygritte kept telling one of the main characters in the series.

If you’re not familiar with the epic series by George R.R. Martin, you’re probably thinking, “Who in the world is Ygritte?” Well, she’s a character in the series and she happens to be a fiery young woman who is confident about herself, knows what she wants and goes for it. She meets Jon Snow, a young ranger, and she keeps telling him, ‘You know nothing.’

This is a line that keeps coming back to Jon Snow throughout the series every time he realizes something new about the world and the ways of the people in it.

I think we’ve had one of those moments when we thought we had it down pat, then the universe throws us a curve ball, and we realize we had no clue at all. I know it’s a little cliché, but it really is true that you learn so much more when you realize that you know nothing at all.

When we realize that we don’t know, we open ourselves up to so many possibilities. It makes us more receptive to what the experience can teach us and we gain more than we expected to.

Not knowing can be a frightening thing. Realizing the depth of your cluelessness can be terrifying and it will either stop you and hold you back from pursuing something great or propel you further than you imagined.

I’d like to think that most of the time not knowing pushes us forward because it forces us to ask questions, search for answers, and want more.

The universe reminds us once in a while that it’s bigger than we think

I worked in a corporate office for almost 8 years before I became a freelance writer. When I jumped ship to do full-time freelance work all I knew was that I wanted out from the corporate world and wanted to do something that involved writing. It wasn’t until I started working freelance that I realized I didn’t really know what kind of freelancer or writer I wanted to be.

Did I want to be a novelist? Did I want to be a copywriter or write content for websites? Did I want to be journalist? Did I want to specialize in social media? Did I want to do online marketing? I realized that I really had no idea . I had a moment of panic because here I was, out of a ‘real’ job, and I didn’t have a ‘real’ direction about what I wanted to do. Well, I decided to try everything and see if I can find a direction I like enough to pursue.

These days I write for a website that spots new trends in business, technology, media, and other industries. I write product descriptions for a punk rock fashion brand. I assist in author and book online promotions even though I don’t have a marketing or PR background. I once helped a startup with their social media even though I don’t know much about social media marketing. I’m still in the ‘try everything’ phase and I learn so many new things everyday, especially about the freelance world.

Everyday I realize there are still so many things to learn and I try to keep myself updated with what’s happening. I subscribe to a lot of freelance sites. I follow trend spotters. I read up on new technology and new creative ways to do business.

Don’t let it stop you

Realizing that you don’t know makes you work harder to achieve some level of knowledge that would make you capable of surviving. Lucky for us, in this day and age there are numerous resources that are available to us and it’s only a matter of being resolute in asking questions, in searching for answers, in putting yourself in situations that force you to learn.


Leah Gonzalez is a freelance writer and blogger from Manila and also writes for @PSFK Connect with Leah on Twitter.