Oxymoronic? Not in the least. I’ve accomplished a great deal as a result of my intelligent ignorance, and I’ve witnessed many others do the same time and time again.
Driven by desire, intelligent ignorance is the characteristic or capability of not knowing what you can’t do, and doing it anyway.
Mary Kay Ash probably explained it best in her classic explanation of the fact that the bumblebee can’t fly. Scientific evidence states that the bumblebee’s body is far too heavy and his wings are far too light. Aerodynamically, it is an impossibility for the bumblebee to fly. However, the bumblebee doesn’t read and therefore does fly!
Some may equate these shortcomings to that of a lemon, but the bumblebee certainly transformed them into lemonade!
Historically, Charles Kettering had a rather unusual lemon in the form of a broken arm. Many years ago he was cranking his car and it “kicked” him unexpectedly. For the younger generation, that means the crank on his car didn’t disengage, jerked sharply as a cylinder began firing and turned the crank rather than the crank turning the engine. The sudden lurch broke Kettering’s arm.
What did he do? First, he grabbed his arm in pain. However, he then immediately thought: “This is a dangerous thing to happen while you’re cranking your car. An easier, better, safer way to start engines must be developed or the masses simply won’t want to own an automobile.”
As a result, he invented the “self-starter.” The rest is history. His lemon, a broken arm, became our lemonade.
Don’t let anyone tell you something can’t be done. Anyone can do that. You be the one to show that it can be done.