Celebrate Your Ignorance

I am a dummy, seriously. I don't apologize about it. Although I am educated, I wake up everyday not knowing exactly the best decisions to make regarding my business and personal affairs. Furthermore, I do not have a genius intelligent nor do I have the savviest interpersonal skills. And I am proud to say that.

And I love to work with other ignorant people.When someone says they are ignorant, it is a very good thing. They recognize their limitations and are ready to grow and learn.

Ignorance is a gift in disguise because it allows you to:

  • Clarify information about a person, place, event, object or task

Unfamiliarity about a topic is a great opportunity to inquire about the subject’s history, impact and potential policy implications. Questions also invites multiple perspectives on a subject. Do not limit yourself to one person or group. Often times when we isolate our opinions to a specific group we fall victim to “group think,” where we can justify irrational or dysfunctional ideas. The following video provides examples on how to improve your questioning skills.

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  • Questions allows people to communicate in different ways. 

Just because you explained something, it does not mean that the other person understands you. Remember that learning styles varies by person. For example, perhaps you are visual learner and you prefer to see charts and images rather than hearing a verbal explanation. But what if all of your staff members lean towards verbal communication? You now must improve your verbal skills in order to transfer knowledge. This will allow you to improve your interpersonal skills.

  • Asking questions shows your humility about your current knowledge and/or skill set. 

Who wants to work with a “know it all” or showboat? I don’t and I do not think you want to either. People who assume to have complete mastery tend to easily dismiss the opinions and feelings of others. Your humility allows another person to easily guide and instruct you. Humility shows that you are not above reproach and are open to feedback. Feedback and honesty are necessary to cultivate camaraderie amongst team members.


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