Daily Archives: January 15, 2015

No Know-It-Alls Allowed


It has been said that we only use 10 percent of our brain power. If given the opportunity, I wouldn’t choose to unlock the full 90 percent that remains under-utilized. I would rather keep 25 percent in reserve for several reasons.

Really knowing it all would give me too much pressure. As a Know-it-all, I would be called upon to solve all of the problems of the world. There would be no way I could make everything work together and no way I could keep everyone happy. But, I would try and the pressure would be too great. I would be unhappy.

Knowing-it-all would also take away the joy of small surprises and the joy of learning something new. There would be no mystery in the world. I would be bored.

Knowing-it-all, or thinking I did, would also lead to arrogance. It would be impossible for me to believe that anyone knew more than me, even if they did. I would be unaware.

By leaving some reserve brain power I would avoid these traps. I could still work to improve my brain power. I would still have hope.

I would appreciate my expanded brain power and try to use it for good. I would learn new languages, learn to play a musical instrument, learn to sing and paint. I would use my newfound skills to find a cure for dementia that robs people of their memories and ability to communicate. I would work to cure neurological diseases like ALS that devastate the body. I would find a way to prevent strokes that impair brain and body function. I would find a way to share my religious beliefs (in my case, Christianity) in a non-threatening way that would (in my opinion) save souls.

It would be a blessing to have greater brain potential. But, I don’t want to be a complete Know-it-all! No way!

(In response to the daily prompt about unlocking the full potential of your brain.

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