Deep Knowledge

Seth Godin notes the value of deep knowledge.

I’m reminded (again) of Ben Carson’s story. When Ben realized he learned best by reading, he stopped going to class (save for labs & exams) and began systematically reading his way through the course materials.

To Ben, the assigned materials were just the beginning. He read the sources & cited works for the assigned reading, then read the source materials for THOSE works.

His knowledge exceeded his peers and eventually catapulted him to the chair of pediatric neurology at John Hopkins University, where his contributions redefined his field. When Dr. Carson was 36 years old, he led a team of neurosurgeons in performing the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the head (craniopagus twins).

Read more about Dr. Carson at the Academy of Achievement.

Dr. Carson’s story never fails to inspire me because his entire life exemplifies a person committed to doing the best work possible with the resources at hand.

My list of excuses becomes much shorter when I remember Dr. Carson’s story.

How is your knowledge of your field?

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1 comment so far

  1. Bo Adams on

    Wanting to eat…being hungry, this is so much more powerful than being force fed or starving oneself. Thanks, Ezra.


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