Last week I asked why we are uncomfortable “learning”. That is, why are we uncomfortable appearing before our clients with propositions that are new and untried and inviting them to join us on the journey of discovery? This week I’d like to continue that thought and see what you think…

Here is the rap – learning is a journey that by definition leads to ideas. Think about it. The great philosophers, authors, inventors, scientists, explorers, and artists all were learners, grail seekers, uncomfortable with the status quo and ready to journey into the unknown in search of new ideas, new thinking, and new ways to look at the world.

Now think about this – while they weren’t afraid to go out on that proverbial limb, others were afraid of what they found or even might find out there.

The pursuit of learning often seems to invoke fear. Is it dread of the unknown? Is it panic at finding out that your hard and fast learned beliefs no longer hold water? Is it alarm at what happens if you have to change your mind?

How about this – maybe its just dread of a new idea? And for good reason:

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”
– Oscar Wilde

What a great thought and what a great filter! Oscar also said that “All great ideas are dangerous” – and what a revelation that is.

So when next you feel that cold feeling of fear creeping over you as you brainstorm or think about a new idea, embrace it! Think dangerously!

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