There’s a line in Michael Franti’s song “Say Hey” that goes something like “the more I see, the less I know.” It really resonates with me, especially lately. The last couple of years have been an intense roller coaster ride of new learnings and experiences. Moving halfway around the world, quitting my secure job of 19 years, investing a good chunk of savings into a new business, starting my career all over in a completely different industry and getting ready to send my oldest off to university back in the U.S. You get the picture. I’ve always loved a good roller coaster ride, but there is definitely an unsettling feeling. And, I think it has a lot to do with the fact that, in these times, you recognize how little you really do know.
I’m actually finding a bit of freedom in this realm of unknown these days. I’ve always had a driving need to be learning something new…or maybe I just have ADD… Despite this, the younger me was not always willing to show any sort of vulnerability in a lack of knowledge…always intimidated by those that seemed to know more. I think, or at least I hope, I didn’t come off as a “know-it-all,” but there was always an underlying fear of looking stupid that held me back in so many ways. It’s not to say, that these insecurities don’t rear their ugly head now, I’m just able to recognize it more quickly and adjust as needed.
So, with that in mind, I’m dedicating this summer to a conscious recognition of how little I know. I’m officially calling it my “Summer Tour of Ignorance.” If you have been reading this blog, you know that I recently started my own impact investment company that has made investments in two tech related for-profit social enterprises. You’ve heard the term “invest in what you know.” I took the opposite approach here. But, even in a short period of time, it has been an amazing journey of learning about so many new areas including investing, on-line kids games, marketing to kids and parents and the whole new world of edu-tech. But, I still have a lot to learn.
My plan is to spend the entire summer touring (I like to use that word, because it makes me sound more like a rock star) many different cities across the U.S., including San Francisco, Houston, New York City, Tampa, Chicago and Los Angeles. I’ve reached out to many of my contacts to help connect me with people related to these different areas of interest. And, so far, the connections made for setting up in-person meetings have been amazing. I am truly exhilarated at the prospect of meeting all of these new and interesting people and exchanging knowledge and ideas. I’m pretty sure the younger me could not have said as much with the same conviction. But, oh what she missed out on.