Career Zingers #17: Be Ignorant

Ignorance is essential for authentic career development

Bench and Pier at Hilton Head (David Zinger 2018)

Ignorance means not knowing. Stupidity is thinking you know when you don’t.

Often in career development we seek out experts, coaches, authors, and counsellors to tell us what we should be doing. We can learn from others but deep and authentic learning can occur if we are willing  to sit in ignorance and wonder about ourselves and our future without having to find a quick and easy ready-made answer.

Just because we start with ignorance doesn’t mean we need to stay there. When it comes to careers it is okay to be ignorant, just don’t be stupid about it.


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