Friday, January 6, 2017

Learning From the Uneminent

A person should learn from both the eminent and the uneminent. If you only learn from eminent people, your process of learning will be not be nearly as effective as it can otherwise be.

Society's spotlights are generally put on people like Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Tom Brady, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, etc. Society presents us with "achievers," it honors them, and it encourages us to follow their path. Such an approach seems reasonable, but it really isn't close to being so.

It doesn't matter how many eminent people you study--you will not learn properly if you don't also learn from the uneminent.

(Analects 9:2)

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