I know what I am doing is one of the most dangerous phrases we can both believe in and share. When you do not say them and just do what you know you’re in a good place.
When you answer with this phrase “I know what I am doing” you are not in a good place. Most times, when either I’ve said it or heard it, it’s tone is always in a defiant manner. All listening has stopped and at that moment there is no hope for the absorption of any context from which you could change or open your mind.
I know because I have been there. The funny thing, only now do I realize how little I knew when I said that same phrase with defiance and how valuable and contextually right was the advice or help I was given that I left stranded without a home.
There is always something to be learned. ALWAYS. Don’t make the mistake that I have made hundreds of times in my 20’s-50’s. Whether you end up using what you were told can only be determined by you and the breadth of perspective you develop with respect to the issues you are struggling with.
Especially listen, when someone who is giving you their time and help, has more experience and has been more successful than you are. They didn’t get to where they are without understanding something more than what you know.