A bright lady I follow on twitter who lives in Philadelphia tweeted:
Note: Do not ask, “Who is Michael Vick?” in the office unless you want to eat alone at lunch forever.
Michael Vick is of course the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback who just signed a $100 million contract. And of course there was that dog-fighting prison thing.
I am positive that this person who is oblivious to Mike Vick knows many more things than her colleagues because she spends her time in intellectual pursuits rather than following football. However, if she doesn’t know the basics she loses the opportunity to interact.
You might not like football but you should know your local team’s stars. Personal Brilliance Awareness requires an awareness of your environment. This awareness provides the key to access varying perspectives and ideas.
Ignorance is not bliss and it certainly is not attractive.
Pay attention to the basics. I know what a Kardashian is, that a pitch is what they call a soccer field, and that Jersey Boys is a musical and Snooki is a Jersey girl, even though none of these topics are interesting to me. Having an awareness for the day-to-day topics allow you into a conversation that may lead to a breakthrough.
To do: Study a topic that is far from your normal area. What can you learn about yourself?
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