In the book Think Again, author Adam Grant has a section where he lists the areas in which he’s ignorant. He says:
We should all be able to make a long list of areas where we’re ignorant. Mine include art, financial markets, fashion, chemistry, food, why British accents turn American in songs, and why it’s impossible to tickle yourself.
It got me thinking about my areas of ignorance as well, and most of Grant’s also apply to me. Going further, I thought of areas like tax laws, color theory, foreign languages, geography, the Book of Revelation, nutrition and ballet. The question, what am I going to do with it?
For some of those, my ignorance will remain. For tax law I have people to help, and for color theory we have a great team that knows it better than I ever could.
For others, I want to tighten them up. I use tools like Anki to work on languages and geography, and I suppose I could use it to learn more about ballet positions to get more out of my daughter’s recitals. We’ll see how inspired I get.
What are some areas where you fall short?