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Ignorance, Incompetence, and Impostors

Hey — hope you’re having a decent week, even it if is among people who are doing things you may not understand or agree with.

Question for you: If you were granted the opportunity to choose between two states of being, which would you prefer: being stupid but not realizing it, or being intelligent but not believing it?

Ignorance itself isn’t something to be ashamed of. We’re all ignorant in certain areas. When combined with a lack of self-awareness though, it could mean the difference between being harmless and dangerous.

Humility isn’t dishonorable either. Or perhaps you wouldn’t consider not believing your own intelligence to be defined as humility; maybe you prefer the phrase de rigueur: impostor syndrome.

Given the choice between these two states of being, which would you choose?

Check out my thoughts on Ignorance, Incompetence, and Imposters.

Thanks, and I’ll see you on the internet.




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