The Recipe for Perpetual Ignorance

_The recipe for perpetual ignorance“The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.” ~Elbert Hubbard

If ever there was inspiration for continuous learning and improvement, this is it. A wise person is willing to have his notions challenged. Too many of us think we have everything worked out in our mind and we don’t have to consider something new.

This can be true at any age as well. I have spoken to teens that are ready to learn, and I have witnessed teens that were just not interested in a new way of thinking. Then there are those older adults that refuse to learn a new trick. “Who needs computers or the internet anyway!?” Yet you see grandparents learning to use a tablet or buying a laptop because they recognize their value and are unwilling to stop learning.

I see examples of this in how young people face upcoming challenges. “Going into debt to pay for college is what everyone does!” Unfortunately this is old thinking. These same people won’t see the growing number of college age students finding creative ways to get an education, and saving their financial future at the same time.

How about this old idea, “companies won’t hire someone my age!” It’s easy to blame other people for your inability to find meaningful work, but if you won’t test a new path or a different process, then perhaps you are just being “satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.” And we all know what that is…

So are you following the recipe for perpetual ignorance? I hope not. Leave a comment below and let’s start the conversation. If this post was helpful, sign up for regular updates from this blog. Thanks for reading!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!

  • Wow, “old thinking” as you described it at such a young age. It is sad that some believe those old lies and minimize their growth. I don’t want that to happen to me even in my older years! Your black and white graphic has an amazing black and white message.

  • Thanks Mary! I hope I am always eager to learn and I am sure you will continue to do so! Thanks for the image tie in. I wish I had actually thought of that myself. Nice of you to point it out. Thanks for reading!