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don't be scared of your edge

"I know, I know. You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be. Mistakes can be profited by. Man, when I was younger I shoved my ignorance in people's faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn." (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451)

Instinct tells you to hide your ignorance. But this only stunts your growth. It inhibits practice. Do not hide your ignorance. Invite the opportunity to be on your edge when you rest in the unknown. Think of it as an easy way to practice vulnerability.

Certainly, there are times when I would rather die than admit I don't know something. It can be embarassing. Conquer your fear of ignorance. Know that you are safe in your ignorance. When you are transparent about not knowing, you are free to move. You can try new ideas. Experiment! Think outside the box. Innovate. Your creativity comes out to play in the unknown. Ignorance can also be your greatest leadership tool. It helps you stay honest and relate to others with integrity. It can help build your relationships and your reputation. It keeps you humble and it puts you in a place of learning.

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