You’ve invested so many resources — time, energy, money (yours or your grants/scholarships’) — into your education, it can be hard to accept that there is a something to learn that wasn’t taught within those four walls of University. Hmm, so many examples. During my last two years of college I was the definition of an Average Student. I was smart enough to do just enough work to get by, and the great thing about college is you always know exactly where you stand in terms of your class grade. So I could shift gears seamlessly between cruise control and actually trying. My classmates in the business major (there were about 40 of us total, so everyone knew everyone else) looked at me like the loser slacker student who wouldn’t become anything — well at least that’s what I read in their eyes. They followed the professors and read the outdated textbooks and got great grades as a result. 10+ years later I’ll say this: I’ve seen many of them in the last 2-3 years and what they’re doing for a living. I won.
When someone with less education — say, someone with a meager 4-year bachelor’s degree to a PhD holder — presents information to you, it can be hard to accept that this peasant knows something that you don’t. I talked to this woman at a networking event one time. She had lots of education in her field (real estate), though no tangible production yet, and was very proper in her ways. Only after further conversation, once she had relaxed a bit, did I see the real her: She felt she shouldn’t even be in the room we were in because she thought she had “more class than most of the people there” (actual quote). She said she would never work with any of them but would gladly employ them (even though many in the room were making more money than she was). This woman felt she belonged to a higher level of society based on what she knew and not what she had actually done.
You fall into habitual patterns of thinking that anything there is to know can be found out the way you were taught to find them out. I called my sister once and asked her a question. She called me back later and accused me of trying to scam her. She had googled my question and said google told her it was a scam. So, I replied, this means one of two things: A) I’m dumb enough to fall for a scam that you were smart enough to catch onto in 5 seconds or B) I’m in on the scam and tried to hoodwink my sister into it for my personal benefit. She relented.