Ignorance: a part of knowledge
"You don't need to know everything to be an expert, you just need to know more than the people paying you."
That's my quote for today.
Last night, I went to a meetup for Tech Under Thirty. I met lots of cool interesting people living in tech in NYC.
What I learned was this: everybody is faking it and making it in some way or other.
Everybody was learning something or struggling with something or growing in something. But to the people that hired them, they were experts.
I thought about how I wrote myself off from being an expert because of the gulf between what I know and what I'd like to know to be comfortably an expert in my own mind.
Then you realize that the more you know, the more you don't know and at some point you just have to find your own comfort spot in that discomfort. You have to figure out how to use that discomfort as a tool and not an obstacle.
In my head, that is probably what separates the incredibly successful from the ordinary rest of us. And it is what makes those incredibly successful people human like the rest of us.
Their success is within our reach and grasp. But only if we can feel uncomfortable enough to get it.