Dealing with ignorance

Ignorance can be a liability or a powerful asset, depending on how you react to it.

If you’re anything like me, being exposed to new ideas teaches you, if nothing else, how much you truly don’t know. Winners use this to their advantage and approach new concepts with a childlike curiosity, setting their biases and notions aside in favor of exploration on the way of mastery.

What’s dangerous is learning how much you don’t know and remaining content to dwell in the same place. In business, this can cause your company or product to become irrelevant overnight. The broader applications of this complacency are even more dire.

There are different ideas on how to deal with the information available to us, but I think that an insatiable and purposeful curiosity

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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