Dave Nails It

My new top personal advisor, Dave Murphy, has nailed it perfectly in a comment to me based on my post about what I should cover here on [chrisbrogan.com]. I’m so thrilled, because it makes a great frame for so many more posts. Here’s the mash-up of two sentences he gave me:

You’re obviously not an expert, but you’re not letting that stop you.

And Dave is 100% right. Dave has found my true fame in all life so far. I act as an authority, but one willing to be put back on the tracks when my theories derail. There’s a beautiful word that describes my technique for most of this, and it came to me from Mia describing math theory to me once.

Cognitive Resonance.

It’s a learning strategy term that suggests that some people can put together something they don’t know much about by extrapolating frameworks out of things they do know.

(Dave will appreciate that phrasing, because he loves RoR, and that was a framework extrapolated to become a programming language.)

So, what I do most of the time in life is use Google’s knowledge delivery trick of “good enough” versus completely correct. You know what I mean? If you want to know the answer to something, Google often has the answer somewhere within the first ten responses. You rarely have to read more than a few words to get what they’re saying. “Good enough.” Right?

Thank you, Dave Murphy, for giving me an utterly brilliant framework upon which to hang most of what I plan to do over the next many weeks and months. You’ve hit it right on the head.

You’re obviously not an expert, but you’re not letting that stop you.

It’s the best quote ever.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17399056 Ramona

    walt whitman called himself ‘the great amateur’, he turned out ok…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17399056 Ramona

    walt whitman called himself ‘the great amateur’, he turned out ok…

  • http://schwuk.com Dave Murphy

    Glad you liked the feedback.

    As I said in my email, realising you didn’t know it all but that you weren’t letting it stop you has been lightbulb moment for me, and it’s encouraged me to tackle all sorts of things I didn’t have the confidence to before.

    So I hope you don’t mind that you won’t be the only one building on that framework!

  • http://schwuk.com Dave Murphy

    Glad you liked the feedback.

    As I said in my email, realising you didn’t know it all but that you weren’t letting it stop you has been lightbulb moment for me, and it’s encouraged me to tackle all sorts of things I didn’t have the confidence to before.

    So I hope you don’t mind that you won’t be the only one building on that framework!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/3690259 Mia Goddess

    This “Mia” person. She sounds cute.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/3690259 Mia Goddess

    This “Mia” person. She sounds cute.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/5488614 Rosa Say

    Hmmm… Cognitive Resonance. I like that a lot.

    Chris, the willingness you have to be so open, vulnerable, and authentically you is so great… you rock. In your eagerness to learn and crunch the info you get, you coach and mentor with the very best of them; don’t ever stop.

    A hui hou,
    Rosa

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/5488614 Rosa Say

    Hmmm… Cognitive Resonance. I like that a lot.

    Chris, the willingness you have to be so open, vulnerable, and authentically you is so great… you rock. In your eagerness to learn and crunch the info you get, you coach and mentor with the very best of them; don’t ever stop.

    A hui hou,
    Rosa

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2083608 Gary

    I am entirely envious of all of the great stuff/content/ideas you are producing. I am a fifty something (hopefully creative) fat english guy working in my cubicle, struggling to fit everything else in – husband, dad to three growing boys (2 – at least – with ADHD), playing in a band, attempting to get two or three posts a day onto my blog. I always always have to prioritise everything (I never touch the guitar from one gig to the next) – usually to the detriment of my own creativity, but sometimes (I am ashamed to say) to the detriment of my family life. To somebody like me you are an inspiration. I can’t read or listen to everything you produce, but please do not stop producing it – in fact do more!
    Sorry for the depressive ramble – it is Monday morning and I’ve only had one cup of coffee, and there’s a pile of stuff on my desk, and I’ve got this great idea for 2 blog entries, and I have a song I need to get out of my head and write down, and I need to learn that neat Aminor blues run on the guitar, and spend some time with my wife, my kids, and myself.
    Phew, thank God that is over!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2083608 Gary

    I am entirely envious of all of the great stuff/content/ideas you are producing. I am a fifty something (hopefully creative) fat english guy working in my cubicle, struggling to fit everything else in – husband, dad to three growing boys (2 – at least – with ADHD), playing in a band, attempting to get two or three posts a day onto my blog. I always always have to prioritise everything (I never touch the guitar from one gig to the next) – usually to the detriment of my own creativity, but sometimes (I am ashamed to say) to the detriment of my family life. To somebody like me you are an inspiration. I can’t read or listen to everything you produce, but please do not stop producing it – in fact do more!
    Sorry for the depressive ramble – it is Monday morning and I’ve only had one cup of coffee, and there’s a pile of stuff on my desk, and I’ve got this great idea for 2 blog entries, and I have a song I need to get out of my head and write down, and I need to learn that neat Aminor blues run on the guitar, and spend some time with my wife, my kids, and myself.
    Phew, thank God that is over!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/3503 Jeff

    Enthusiasm and energy are a big lever..I’d say you have both.. It’s a lot more fun to listen to an enthusiastic amateur than a boring expert :)

    >> RoR was a framework extrapolated to become a programming language.

    Ruby the language was around long before Rails – it was first released in ’95.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/3503 Jeff

    Enthusiasm and energy are a big lever..I’d say you have both.. It’s a lot more fun to listen to an enthusiastic amateur than a boring expert :)

    >> RoR was a framework extrapolated to become a programming language.

    Ruby the language was around long before Rails – it was first released in ’95.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/4359658 Matthew Cornell

    I love being new, although it also brings up some fear for me – comparison to others, not being good enough, etc. Esp. as I’m privileged to accept money from folks for my work.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/4359658 Matthew Cornell

    I love being new, although it also brings up some fear for me – comparison to others, not being good enough, etc. Esp. as I’m privileged to accept money from folks for my work.

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