The Blank Stare

Recall a time when you had an idea that was clear, compelling, and self-evident inside your own head but dissolved into mist the moment you tried to explain it to someone else. If possible remember both what the idea was, the attempts you made to communicate it, and the quality of the blank stare these attempts engendered. Make no mistake, at this moment your idea was not only wrong, but not even wrong. Don’t feel bad. If you’re not not even wrong every once in a while you’re not trying. Take a minute to appreciate that blank stare, though. It’s a great teacher.

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