Knowing What We Can Know
Strategy is setting a vision, making a path, knowing what we can know, and planning for the variables. To know what we know . . . That means having command of the information available.
For a while now, new bloggers, mostly those who are younger, have emailed or IMed to ask me the most basic questions. It’s usually obvious from their message that they haven’t done the any research to answer the question on their own. I used to answer and send them on their way again. I don’t anymore. Now I point them in the direction where they might look.
Are they wrong to ask? No.
It’s always good to ask someone who’s been there. Though you might argue when to do that.
But they’re wrong if they rely on me to do their homework. It hurts them for several reasons.
- I don’t have all of the answers.
- My information could be dated.
- I’m wrong as often as I’m right.
- They’re not investing in themselves.
I’m only one source in a world of the Internet. We often stop at the first answer to our questions. The first answer isn’t necessarily the best. It’s a great strategy to seek out all of the information available.
- Do a search.
- Ask someone who usually agrees, someone who usually disagrees, and someone who usually doesn’t have an opinion.
- Ask an expert.
Having a strategy to find all of the information available at the beginning sets the foundation to build upon. Curiosity is a great teacher.
end of story.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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