How Ignorance Can Be Your Best Tool


When I was young I used to think I would make it big in this would and it would be a piece of cake. I used to think that if you wanted something done, you just called someone up or wrote a letter, snapped your fingers, and you got what you wanted.

And then I grew up.

And every. Single. Thing. Is. Difficult.

Raising kids is difficult. Marriage is difficult. Work is difficult. Solving the world’s problems is difficult. Every single thing is difficult.

True as that may be, I think it’s time to go back to the mindset of an ignorant child. Because at least then, everything was possible. Nothing was impossible. And few things were difficult.

In one of my favorite movies, A Beautiful Mind, John Nash is plagued with Schizophrenia and he sees people that others don’t see – they’re imaginary. By the film’s end he isn’t cured of his disease, but he functions like the rest of us because, even though his imaginary people keep showing up and talking to him, he chooses to ignore them.

I like to think that the doubts instilled in us as we grow older are like those imaginary people. We can choose to ignore them – they’ll still be there, but we choose to press on with our goals, our tasks, our dreams.

Your doubts will never leave you, but you don’t have to pay them any attention. You owe them nothing.

And who knows. Maybe ignorance can be bliss.

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16 Responses to How Ignorance Can Be Your Best Tool

  1. eemoxam says:

    I really needed this today, thanks for writing it.

  2. A great post. So much of what weighs us down is illusion – like Nash’s visitors. I can’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted on doubts and fears that never materialized. As I’ve gotten older, I tend to ignore them and they often fade away into nothing.

  3. Your thoughts as a child doesn’t make you ignorant because the expectations are different as now matured. There are many adults today that dream of those thought you had in your childhood. I really like your article.

  4. This is a great post. It was a great read and extremely well written.

  5. kethuprofumo says:

    When there is Faith in your heart, nothing is difficult. Any obstacle will be passed over. We need difficulties to grow up, to become mature.

    Best regards,

    Maria Kethuprofumo

  6. Val_ToWriter says:

    I like that blog. It was inspirational. When we doubt ourselves we sometimes just stop trying. The doubt may be well-founded. Maybe we’re heading in the wrong direction, or we need to look at the problem from a whole new perspective. Or ignore it and deny its power. I remember once I was told that a personal chooses to get angry. I didn’t believe it at first, then considered it more carefully and with great discussion. I finally realized that yes, something may legitimately make me angry or hurt, but I can always choose how to respond. And anger is often a self-destructive choice. When someone criticizes me, I look at the comment, take what’s worth noting, and leave the rest. I have learned over many years, that I can control my response — but you bring up an area where I still need work — especially with my writing. I need to persevere and ignore the doubts. I may have to change what I’m writing and try other topics and styles until I find my voice, but I must say “no” to that doubts. Thanks.

  7. kristenJen says:

    Yess!! Same here. Ignorance is Bliss and then after age 30–reality takes shape! But I just keep grinding as hard and make that promise to never give up in all areas of life. Kick down doors while understanding when God has truly shut them for a reason.

  8. The Uhm says:

    This is a creative allegorical spin on an old movie to highlight a universal lesson in life. I enjoyed your short post.

  9. Puzzle Piece says:

    Reblogged this on Autism From the Trenches and commented:
    This is a wonderful post! So very true!

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