I use this blog to help clarify my thinking. When I come across an idea, insight, or quote that gives me pause, I take the time to unpack it here. It’s been fantastic for that.
In reading “The Business of Expertise“, though, I wonder if I’m still leaving myself short by not going after specific subjects a bit more. I dig into specific books to expand my horizons, but not necessarily into areas that I know are shortcomings. In the book, David C. Baker explains it like this:
To begin remedying this, I jotted down every relevant subject where this was true — where I lacked insight — and there were more than I expected. But at least now I was organized and knew what the challenge looked like. I just needed to determine how best to tackle it.
He literally kept a list of areas where he lacked insight, and then worked to resolve them. It’s similar to my “ideas for the blog” list, but his is a bit more intentional. While my list is ideas from things I’ve come across, his list came from thoughts on where he lacked.
I like this approach for two reasons:
- Clearly, this should me solve some of the areas where I’m under-educated.
- Blogging every day creates a challenge of content, and this will give me more things to write about.
Going forward, I’m going to try to make better notes of areas where I specifically fall short, and then work to find ways to expand my knowledge in those areas. I’m not quite sure how that will work, but I’m excited to dig in.
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