What Could Be

"Sometimes what we know gets in the way of what could be"  

Jay Silver (JoyLabz founder)

I love this quotation, pulled from Jay Silver's awesome TED talk, because it reminds me that expertise can be detrimental. Even with two decades of education (and partly because of it) it is easy to feel 'not qualified' to answer certain questions or attack certain problems. However, that expertise is not required to ask questions and to probe what is possible. It is our right to ask questions about anything, and though those questions may sometimes come from a position of ignorance, they more often come from a position of innocence, leading to unique and novel insights. This quotation reminds me to step outside of whatever image I have of 'who I am' or 'what I know' and attack problems in a childlike way, with curiosity, imagination and wonder.