The Overlooked Advantage in Being the “Weak" One
You don’t know any better. Your friends are smarter than you. You find yourself underneath someone else’s eye-roll as they have to explain it again. You feel flush as you ask the banker or your teacher or the tradesperson what the heck is going on, or you feel stupid because you just wish you’d know better by now.
But you’re at an advantage.
You’re actually ahead of the curve.
The people who know already–the ones who are already strong–they’ve stopped. The experts and the professionals are revered and successful but they have maxed out, too.
The adults settle into their expectations. The children have to sit at the kids table, but at least they’re growing.
IGNORANCE IS ANOTHER WORD FOR WONDER WHEN YOU’RE CURIOUS.
Keep asking questions! Keep learning. Be proud of how childlike you are. You don’t know what an RRSP is? Don’t be embarrassed or feel like you should know by now–ask someone! Don’t know how to pronounce a common word? Don’t be ashamed of it!
Ignorance is only destructive when you’re proud of it.
Growing and learning start from a place of “unknowing”.
And here’s the beautiful mystery:
UNKNOWING ISN’T JUST WHERE YOU BEGIN. IT’S ALSO WHERE YOU END.
The journey of the childlike is into greater and greater mystery! The most fulfilled people are the ones who find joy in the journey and learn *just how much they do not know*.
By all means, be a professional in your work ethic and discipline.
But remain an amateur in your passion for discovery. Don’t be ashamed of your weakness, or your ignorance, or your questions.