Broke ChainA young woman, enrolled in one of the nation’s top medical schools, was told 50% of what she would be taught over the next four years would later be found to be inaccurate. The school just didn’t know which half of the training would be inaccurate.

Do you know what you are doing?

There are only three possible answers – yes, no, and maybe. “Maybe” is the only correct answer.

Of course, medicine is complex and incomplete. We don’t know what causes the common cold or even how aspirin works. But, following the medical line of thought, we all do know a little about medicine.

If I have a headache, I’ll try aspirin, or Tylenol, or maybe just ignore it. But I certainly don’t know everything about a headache.

Thomas Willis, an English doctor, is generally believed to be the first person to document the phenomenon of a headache in 1672. One hundred years later, Christian Baur classified headaches into two primary categories and 84 different types.

This is probably more than you cared to know about headaches. Medical research is still working on headaches. I think they’ll be working on it for a long time.

The point is: for everything we think we know, there is probably more to the story (perhaps 50% more). Don’t let your story hold you back from trying out a new story.

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