Because I remember things but you don’t. More bluntly you are too lazy to remember anything relevant to your work. Since you are not in the position to remember anything that is directly related to your work, how can you possibly remember anything that is not directly related to your work.
People at work often are surprised by this – how does Brendon know everything? Unfortunately, you are wrong – I do not know everything. Let me be more clear for you – I do not know everything but I appear to know everything because simply you do not know what you should know in the first place.
What is the key benefit of knowing outside of your specialized area? The answer is simple – I get to know whether people are giving me accurate information or not. In other words, I get to know whether people just lie to get away with things or not.
There is something that I do not know how to tolerate – unwillingness to learn new things and to acquire new skills to improve your efficiency and productivity. There is something that I despise the most – conveniently asking someone else to do your job and pretend it has been done by you and steal one’s credit. There is something that I hate the most – never admit your ignorance and always pretend you know what you are talking about, plus unable to handle people’s constructive criticism. Why would you bother to live if you do not have will to improve yourself everyday?
By the way, it is a wrong assumption to make – I know everything and I remember everything. In fact, I am only a human and the reality is that I am not a genius (my IQ test result back in 1996 showed the score of 154 but I think this is false). I do not memorize everything but I index everything in a very efficient manner. Confused? Well, let me elaborate for you. I do not memorize everything but I memorize where the information is stored + how to extract the information + how to present the information (unlike those lazy people, I do not simply forward or copy & paste the information, which will invite more questions and irritate the reader).
Someone called me like this once – PDSS (Portal Decision Support System). We live in this ever-changing 21st century. Not just to survive but to outgrow others, what you know now will become ‘old’ information tomorrow. Knowledge becomes more valuable when it is accumulated more. If you do not have an efficient way of sorting / storing / extracting / analyzing / presenting information in timely manner, then sadly you are a loser. Learn how to do this now, with your brain, not with your computer. Otherwise you will be always under my shadow.