The Power of "I Don't Know"

 One of the things I love about serving on the board of Girls Who Code are the board meetings where we interact with the girls. During a board meeting lunch this week I sat with a group of girls who were listening to fellow board member Craig Newmark share his experience about founding Craigslist. One of the things I noticed about Craig's story was how often he commented, "I didn't know what I was doing," but how that fact never prevented him from moving forward. I immediately thought of all of the women I connect with who tell me that they'll be able to take the next step on their leadership soon as they gain the skills, network, or credentials to feel like they know what they're doing. The next time I hear this (especially if it's my own voice in my head) I'm going to remind them (or myself) that the feeling of knowing what you're doing is not a pre-requisite for success. What's more important is that we're learning, growing, moving forward, and encouraging the next generation of women to follow suit.