Seth’s Blog: Stick to what you (don’t) know

One of the dumbest forms of criticism is to shout down an expert in one field who speaks up about something else. The actor with a political point of view, or the physicist who talks about philosophy.

 

The theory is that people should stick to what they know and quietly sit by in all other situations.

 

Of course, at one point, we all knew nothing. The only way you ever know anything, in fact, is to speak up about it. Outline your argument, support it, listen, revise.

 

The byproduct of speaking up about what you don’t know is that you soon know more. And maybe, just maybe, the experts learn something from you and your process.

 

No one knows more about the way you think than you do. Applying that approach, combining your experience, taking a risk–this is what we need from you.