The Induced Ignorance of Power

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Chris Gibbs, Diesel Playhouse, Toronto. May , Anyone who saw Chris Gibbs last year in Antoine Feval at the Fringe Festival or in its run at the Diesel Playhouse will know what an inspired comedian he is with a sense of timing so perfect he can get a laugh with the simplest pause or gesture.

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The leader of the seminar and author of the book is Vaguen Gibbs , Master of Ignorance. While in a mental institution, Vaguen was adopted by a group known as the Ignorati, who taught him how to harness the power of unknowing and sent him to spread ignorance throughout the world. We know that a little knowledge is a bad thing. Building on such accepted commonplaces, Vaguen gradually reveals to the audience how we can overcome fears and obvious impediments to success simply by ignoring them.

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At 90 minutes it might seem that authors Gibbs and T. Because it doesn't exist. Sheldon Kopp points out that "All important decisions must be made on the basis of insufficient data. Notice that he said all important decisions, not some, many, or even most. All of them. If we take this reasoning a step further, we can easily infer that all endeavors we undertake must be made in the same way-based on insufficient data. In other words, no matter how much we study, prepare, or practice, some degree of ignorance is unavoidable, and accepting this is what separates those who overcome their ignorance from those who are eaten up by it.

A few years ago, I had a conversation with a very successful entrepreneur.


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When I asked him to what he attributed his success, he said, without hesitation, "Ignorance. He said that he was grateful he didn't know how difficult his climb to the top was going to be before he began. If he had known, he would have never begun.

For him, knowledge isn't power. Ignorance is. He's not alone. I've asked the same question of other successful people, and almost without fail, ignorance ranks high on their lists of success attributes. Whether they knew it explicitly or not from the onset of their endeavors, on some level these people understood that "too much knowledge" could destroy their will to act.

If they had entertained all the negative possibilities that could have befallen them before taking action, they would never have taken action. Third, knowledge isn't the sole, or even primary, determining factor in man's ability to succeed in life. To elevate knowledge above such qualities as drive, resilience, awareness, cunning, and the like is, ironically, the height of ignorance.

Christopher Hyatt, in the introduction to his deliciously irreverent book, The Psychopath's Bible, puts it this way: There is a lot of slop in life. You can make a ton of mistakes, be the biggest screwup and still survive and even succeed.

Don't let anyone fool you about this. There are millions-billions-of people who believe all kinds of lies and still do well.

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David Porter Price (Author of The Induced Ignorance Of Power)

Some people believe the truth and are utter failures. Life is tolerant, even stupidly so. You might want to read that one again, maybe even put it in a frame above your desk as I have done, because it's a lot closer to reality than Socrates's pithy quote. Where does this leave us?

How do we satisfy our desire "to know" without losing the inherent power our ignorance often provides us? Here's how I do it: I remind myself that no matter how certain I may feel before making a decision, it doesn't negate the fact that I'm basing it on insufficient data, and then, I make it anyway.

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When others question my decisions and ask how I intend to achieve something I set out to do, I reply, "I don't know. Let's find out.

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In other words, I practice making commitments with full awareness that I'm making them without any promise that my decision is sound or that my desired outcome is certain.