We’re On Fire

wereonfire2The combination of ignorance and confidence is scary. It’s a component of the ‘fake-it-till-you-make-it’ concept.

During Nelson Mandela’s Memorial, a man who was supposed to be the sign-language expert, confidently stood before a global audience and gave us the wrong signs. We just didn’t see that coming. It was embarrassing.

Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, the first deaf woman to be elected to the South African Parliament tweeted, “ANC-linked interpreter on the stage with dep president of ANC is signing rubbish. He cannot sign. Please get him off”.

Was he confident? Yes! Did he deliver? No! His zeal was irrelevant and ultimately annoying.

In entrepreneurship, it’s common to see folks with raw passion for what they do, but have no clue about the fundamentals. This is the case of ‘hunger’ overriding enquiry.

Now, when I meet passionate people, I quickly look past the excitement and dig for how much they really know. Enthusiasm is only fuel. It powers knowledge and produces action.

It’s OK to dance in excitement, but please know something!

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