You know the difference between dunno and donut, right? Sure, you do! You know what a dunno is. You’ve had it loads of times!  And you also know what a d0nut is. (We spell it ‘doughnut’. However, I’m using the US version in my post title because it’s shorter for my url). A doughnut is a hole in the middle with sweet-stuff round the edges. A dunno is a hole in the middle with no-stuff around it.

My 11-year old daughter asked me yesterday what I wanted for Christmas. I said, ‘Dunno’.

‘A doughnut!’ she said. ‘Why do you want a doughnut?’

‘No,’ I replied. ‘Not a doughnut. I don’t know

‘Well, if you don’t know,’ she said, ‘You won’t get anything. At least a doughnut is something.’

Out of the mouths of babes….

Difference between dunno and donut


Today’s post is going to be a short exhortation about self-confidence, but first I want to show you two pictures:

Image 1. Here’s a picture of a dunno







Image 2: And here’s a picture of a donut

difference between dunno and donut

  • Do you want to build your confidence today?
  • Do you want to live your life to the fullest?
  • You want to achieve your goals
  • You want to get that promotion – that new position
  • You want to get the respect you’ve been working so hard behind the scenes for
  • You want your self-confidence to rise to the point at which you can be proud of yourself
  • You want to cultivate the art of positive thinking
What’s the first step you’re taking to get all the above into your hands?
What are you doing today to get all  (delete where appropriate) or some of the above?
Do you know?
Or is your answer – like mine – a big, fat dunno?
See the picture of the dunno above? That’s exactly what you’ll get  in a week’s time – a month’s  time – a year’s time as it relates to those bullet-pointed goals above.
Find an answer. Do it. Achieve it. Confidence can be yours. You just have to have a plan about where to start. Get it today. Here are some popular articles on this blog to give you a push start.

13 Responses to “Difference Between Dunno and Donut”

  1. That’s a nice comparison Anne!

    Making excuses for simple things and keep saying “I dunno” is the easiest thing to do – and we all are guilty of having done that sometime or the other. But to turn those negatives into positives and say that “I will do it” is what takes courage and will- power. 🙂

    I liked the way you bring out inspiration from within your family and children to write your posts. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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    • Anne says:

      Thanks, Harleena. I don’t think you’ve ever visited this blog before, so welcome!

      Turning negatives into positives will work to help us move towards our goals. Like you said, it takes courage, but starting is simple – we just have to take one step at a time.

      I find that personal stories work best to teach confidence and self-esteem. We know we can do it, if someone else has.
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  2. Lanre says:

    I like your interpretation of the dunno. I actually thought you omitted the picture :-).

    It’s always easier to say “dunno” than to give “yes” or “no” as an answer. Being that most people naturally find it easy to shove responsibility, saying, “I dunno” is an easy escape route.

    It simply means that you’re saying, “I have no definite answer, so think of one for me. If the consequence of your answer is bad, then it’s your fault, not mine”.

    As you said, saying dunno is one reason why many of us don’t get to live our desired lives. We don’t know what we want and so, we settle for anything.

    Your post is a real eye-opener Anne. And thumbs up to your daughter ;-).
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    • Anne says:

      You’re right, Lanre. It is the easier route. No committing means I don’t have to think or put in any effort. I’m saving myself the ‘work’ of having to think for myself.

      This is only going to come back to re-visit me in the future – then what? We have to take time to invest in our plans and decisions.

  3. Hi Anne,

    When I find myself saying I dunno, it is like a signal to me that I’m pushing away something. Signaling to me that I have too many other things on my mind – which obviously won’t get done in that mindset!

    I like the graphic because it is a big blank hole! I don’t like living my life in the blank hole! So, my friend, this has inspired me to be more aware of my many many goals.

    I thank you,
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    • Anne says:

      Thank you, Donna. I thought the blank hole would clearly express what I wanted to say. There’s nothing there and this is exactly my point 🙂

      Not making the effort to do or think results in exactly what we deserve (what we planned) – nothing.

      I’m glad you found the post inspiring. You’ve also inspired me a great deal.

  4. Sarah Arrow says:

    Ah such wise words from one so young!
    I think I use dunno when I want to buy some more time to think about something, and not because I’m not sure of something. I need to find a better phrase.
    Thanks for sharing this 🙂
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    • Anne says:

      Hi Sarah, welcome to the blog.

      My point was mainly that if we don’t plan for what we want, we’ll get no where. We have to think it through and have at least a rough plan.

      Not wanting to put in any effort to invest in ourselves today, will bring a big, empty hole tomorrow.

  5. J. Delancy says:

    Out of the mouths of babes, Indeed! Few people seem to understand the difference (a BIG one) between, “I want” and “I plan to”. The “I plan to” is the ‘something’ that your daughter spoke about.

    Nice metaphor.

  6. Dennis Do says:

    Your daughter sounds adorable Anne 🙂

    For some reason, this article reminded me of the the quote about impossible. For negative reenforcement, it’s seen as written: “impossible” But on a positive side, one may see it as ‘I’m Possible’. I guess it’s all about how you see thing, I dunno. 😉

    On a side note, this post really made me hungry for some donuts now…

    • Anne says:

      Hi Dennis, she is adorable. She’s always been very sweet. I like your example and will remember it. It’s the half full-half empty scenario, isn’t it?

  7. How creative Anne! And such an important point – we need to put a name to what we want. And after reading your article, I can now think of nothing more that I want than a donut!
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  8. You have a very artistic and creative mind Anne. From the simple situation you can turn it out into a very valuable concept. Thanks for sharing those links, will definitely read all of those. By the way I am a donut! heheh

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