Dumb is only a stage. Wallow, and then begin.

September 27, 2017 by

Some call it The Dunning Kruger Effect: People currently inept at something think it will be easy to do. They have unbridled confidence.

How hard can it be? It’ll be fantastic (I WILL BE FANTASTIC!)

I’ll learn the ukulele…

I’ll leave my secure job and start a farm…

I love making cookies so I’ll make a business out of it…

Charles Darwin described it like this:

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.

In other words, you’ve never done it before so you have much more faith in your abilities than if you actually HAD any abilities.

Is this ‘confidence overload’ an embarrassment to be quickly quashed in yourself?

I say no.

If you did quash it, you might not start anything difficult or risky.

You might become one of those ‘naysayers’…

“Oh no, you can’t do that. Oh no, I’ve seen people try that and it doesn’t work. Oh no I reckon you’d be crazy to do that…”

God I hate a naysayer truly I do.

I say: being ignorant is a stage to be embraced, to wallow in… before launching into reality.

Because if you did know how difficult it truly is to become confident in a new set of skills (playing the ukulele, farming for a living, making cookies into money) you might give up before you begin.

Being dumb first is a perfectly legitimate way to approach entrepreneurship. I see it all the time. I was dumb for sure.

But it’s not enough. It might get us into business, but what gets us through to the other side?

Determination. Resilience. Vigour. Tempered confidence over time. Experience. Trying and failing and trying again. Meeting great people who were dumb once too and made it to ‘smarter’. Asking for help. Skilling up beyond the pain threshold.

Dumb is only a stage. Wallow, and then keep going.

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