Education teaches us what we can do and also teaches us what we cannot do. To make the things simple about Intelligent Ignorance, let’s learn from nature , According to scientists, the bumblebee’s body is too heavy and its wingspan too small for it to be able to fly. But the bumblebee doesn’t know that and it keeps flying.
When you don’t know your limitations, you go out and surprise yourself. In hindsight, you wonder if you had any limitations to begin with. The only limitations a person has are those that are self-imposed. Don’t let education put limitations on you.
Henry Ford gave this world the V8 engine. He did not have much formal education. In fact, he did not go to school beyond the age of 14. He was intelligent enough to know that a V8 engine would be of great value to his company but he didn’t know how to build it. So he asked all his highly educated or qualified people to build one. According to them, a V8 was impossible to build. But Henry Ford insisted on having his V8. A few months later he asked his people if they had the V8 and they replied, “We know what can be done and we also know what cannot be done. The V8 is an impossibility.” This went on for many months and still Henry Ford said, “I want my V8.” And shortly thereafter the same people who said it was impossible produced his V8 engine.
Why? They let their imagination run beyond academic limitation. Education teaches us what can be done and sometimes also teaches us false limitations.
( For those who are wondering , what is a V8 engine? – The V stands for the shape of the engine. The 8 stands for the number of cylinders in the engine. So, a V8 engine means a V-shaped engine with a total of 8 cylinders.
So, Let’s develop a nature like the bumblebee, ignoring our self made limitations and keep working towards the target.
I’m looking for a lot of men with an infinite capacity for not knowing what cannot be done. –Henry Ford