One of the most important things I have ever learned is the ability to say the following:
I don't know.
It is a skill that I think that many Neophytes forget to learn because they are too busy trying to prove that they know something.
All the best leaders and occultists I know, as well as the best writers and college students, all possess the ego strength and the wisdom to be able to say that statement. It takes more ego strength and wisdom to say, "I don't know" than it does to attempt to bluff your way though something that you have no clue about.
My personal opinion is that the occult community would be a much better place if we had more leaders and teachers willingly to admit their ignorance. And not only as a show of their (oh so false) humility either.
Then again, maybe I am the only person in the world who respect people who can say that statement truthfully.