It makes you not want to work hard
Always knowing more than someone else might seem like a good thing, but in the long run, it can be bad because it means you’re not constantly challenging yourself. This lack of challenge is bad for two reasons:
- You don’t work hard anymore. If you know everything, then there’s nothing to study and therefore no reason to put in the extra effort.
- You don’t learn new things anymore. If you’ve mastered all topics, there’s nothing new for you to learn about those topics.
It makes you feel secure in your abilities
And if you have a lot of knowledge in a certain area, it’s easy to feel like you do know everything. And when you believe you have all the right answers, there’s no need to ask new questions. You start believing that your way is the best way and that no other option is worth considering.
So when knowledge makes us think we are experts and we stop asking questions, it can make us lazy and complacent. We stop growing because we don’t feel like we need to learn more.
It makes you arrogant
- It makes you arrogant. Just because you know something others don’t doesn’t make you better than them. In fact, arrogance is really unbecoming and can be a sign of insecurity.
- It can make you make assumptions about what the other person knows or thinks. If someone hasn’t heard of a topic you have plenty of knowledge on, it’s possible that they’re just not interested in that topic, or think it’s boring. Don’t assume they’re stupid or less intelligent than yourself just because they don’t find the same things interesting as you do
It makes you blind to other possibilities
The problem with being in a field that requires a lot of knowledge is that you can get so isolated from the rest of humanity. You see other people’s physical flaws, but you don’t think about what they might be feeling or what they might be going through. You think you know everything already and are thus unable to learn anything new.
You assume that your way is the only right way and miss out on opportunities to hear other possibilities. You ignore feedback, which is essential when making changes to your life because it helps you find ways to improve and change things up. You don’t ask for help—or even bother listening to what people have to say—which could lead you down some very damaging paths if not done with caution and care.
This can end up costing you later on in life when people who could’ve helped point out problems and given advice aren’t there because all you’re doing is continuing on as usual, too proud or confident in your own abilities to listen or accept input from anyone else.
It causes you to make unnecessary assumptions
You might be wondering why the ability to make assumptions is a problem. After all, doesn’t it help you with your decision-making skills? Yes, but only up to a point. As we’ve discussed so far about the effect of knowledge, when you have too much of it, you can lose focus on what really matters and end up making unnecessary assumptions.
Assumptions are not always bad for us. In fact, they can be helpful in certain situations—for example, if someone has been coming into work late every day for weeks and one day that person comes in on time, then an assumption could be made that they had another appointment that took precedence overwork or they were sick or injured. However, having too many assumptions can lead you to make mistakes such as:
- Assuming a close friend stole something from you because they were standing near where the item was last seen
- Assuming your significant other is cheating on you because their phone is always dead when in reality its battery life has been decreasing over time due to age
It can stunt creativity
We often think of creative people as those who dream up entirely new concepts. While this is certainly part of creativity, it’s not the whole picture. Creativity also includes:
- The ability to look at things from a different perspective.
- The ability to solve problems in new ways.
- The ability to make connections between seemingly unrelated things.
Knowledge doesn’t guarantee success or even success in learning
You’ll be surprised at how much knowledge doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t make you better. It doesn’t make you smarter. It isn’t always accurate. It doesn’t make you more likable. It certainly doesn’t make you popular or happy, and it isn’t always enjoyable.
Take, for instance, the fact that I can tell you all about the history of the bubonic plague in Europe and its devastating effects on society, but if a plague-like illness were to sweep across the country, then my knowledge would be useless because it wouldn’t help me treat or prevent any cases from affecting me or my loved ones. So I may know some facts about the bubonic plague (and plenty of other things), but what good does that do for me?
It makes you picky
Greater knowledge of something can be both a blessing and a curse. Just like everything else, there’s a balance between knowing too much and not enough (or not caring about something). So what is the optimal amount of information to know about your hobby?
You are going to have to make an educated guess. If I were you, I’d say that it’s somewhere in the middle, but keep in mind that this may change depending on your personal tastes. Also, don’t forget that you can broaden your horizons by researching various subjects on the Internet—but be aware that there are so many websites out there that it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Keep your sights set on the target, though, and keep spreading yourself thinner by researching new topics as they come up. In truth, if you’re already familiar with the basic information covered in this guide, then all you need is a bit of guidance from others who have more professional experience than you do (such as instructors at specialized training courses).
It makes you wish for more
Knowledge is like a drug. The more you get the more you want to get. I would like to tell you how this realization hit me and how it changed my life.
When I was young, I was interested in knowing about everything. As soon as I learned about something new, many more questions popped into my head that needed answering.
For example, when I first learned about giraffes and their long necks, I wanted to know why they have such long necks in comparison to other mammals.
This led me to ask why they have such long legs as well?
Are there any animals that have longer or shorter legs than giraffes?
Why are there certain animals who live in trees while others don’t?
When did the giraffe evolve from what ancestor of theirs?
What was their evolutionary advantage over other species that lead them to evolve into the creature we know today?
This is an example of how knowledge makes you want more knowledge as if it were a drug. You might think that knowing about stuff doesn’t make much sense for your everyday life and may even harm your enjoyment of life but trust me on this one, being ignorant doesn’t make your life any better either so choose your poison wisely!
It keeps you from taking risks
Taking risks is what separates high achievers from the rest.
When you’re risk-averse, it means you’re unwilling to give anything up in order to win something else. This attitude puts you at a disadvantage because it keeps you from losing the bad stuff that’s holding you back.
Risk-taking also shows that you have confidence in your abilities and self-worth. The more confident you are, the easier it is to take risks.
It’s better to pursue opportunities with an open mind and face rejection than not try at all out of fear of not being good enough.
It makes you want to question everything
It makes you question everything. And by that, I mean it makes you want to analyze and scrutinize every little thing to death.
o When your friend tells you about his new job, does he really mean he’s happy at the job?
o When your parents tell you they’re proud of you, do they really mean it? Or are they just saying those things because that’s what parents are supposed to say?
o When someone disagrees with what you think, is the person actually trying to get on your nerves because she thinks she knows better than you?
You will start to doubt everything. Also when someone says something, it doesn’t mean that person is right. You have doubts on top of doubts. You may even start doubting yourself sometimes.
It takes away the mystery of life.
So, knowing too much is bad. There’s no arguing that. What you may be wondering, though, is why. One reason is that it takes away the mystery of life. The mystery is a good thing—it makes your life interesting and exciting. And the mystery is what keeps life interesting and exciting. When you know too much, you don’t have any mystery left to uncover. The mystery is a big part of being human: it’s what makes life interesting because we want to find out things we don’t know!
You become a know-it-all and people can’t stand that.
- You can’t shut up. You’re always talking, and you have an answer for everything. Just like in the example at the beginning of this article, you feel compelled to correct someone and show off your vast knowledge.
- You don’t know when to stop. When you get on a roll like this, it’s hard to stop. This can be a major turn-off for people because they want a chance to talk too!
- You interrupt people often and take over conversations. Know-it-alls have no problem cutting other people off or taking over the conversation because they think their ideas are the best ones — even if it means not allowing others to speak or get a word in edgewise.
- You are always right…at least according to yourself! Know-it-alls love being right, so if you say something that disagrees with what they’re saying, they may try to prove that your idea is wrong instead of acknowledging it as another way of thinking about things.
- You don’t listen to others very well when they talk or give their opinions on things because you think their ideas aren’t as good as yours.
No knowledge is better than too much knowledge.
Knowledge is power, but only when wielded with a certain amount of caution. Too much knowledge about something can be just as bad—if not worse—than not knowing enough about it. Knowing more about something means you’re less likely to enjoy it and more likely to want to know even more about it. In other words: too much knowledge ruins the fun.
Let’s look at the example of a person named Kevin who loves the sport of hockey. Kevin doesn’t know anything about hockey, and sometimes he yells at his TV while watching, “Why are they throwing that thing on ice? It’s slippery! And nobody’s wearing socks!” He enjoys watching hockey because he can relax and act like an expert when really he has no idea what’s going on.
Now let’s say Kevin takes some time to research hockey so that he can better understand what happens during a game. As his knowledge increases, his enjoyment decreases because now he knows why they throw that thing on ice (it’s called a puck), why nobody wears socks (because if they get wet, a player will get cold), and all sorts of other reasons behind actions in the game that ruins his ability to enjoy watching it for fun.
He starts yelling at specific players for very specific things instead of yelling at everyone for everything, which makes him feel like a true expert but also means that he has wayyyy less fun than he used to have when watching games live or on TV before his newfound expertise ruined everything.
Keep your secrets and stay happy
It’s impossible to know everything, and if you try to know everything, you’ll only be disappointed. Sometimes knowing too much can leave you feeling like you’re in a bad romance movie because the combination of low expectations and high expectations is hard to reconcile. As humans, we’re naturally curious about what our friends are up to and who they’re hanging out with. However, people who always ask questions give away the fact that they have nothing else to say or talk about.
When it comes to keeping secrets from your friends, remember that some things are better left in the dark because no one likes a person who doesn’t have any filters.
In general, people should learn how to keep their mouths shut so that they don’t risk ruining an otherwise good moment by talking too much or asking annoying questions.