“Move on, Sontag urged. Leave the field untilled. Switch projects. Change hemispheres. Make a film. Direct a play. Write a novel. Fly to Hanoi. Nonspecialist, she refused restriction, scorned the limiting identity of expert. She would rather have been considered a collector, connoisseur, sad pervert–anything but an academic.”
-Wayne Koestenbaum, writing about author, Susan Sontag
We so often view “expert” as the goal, not recognizing the restrictions it imposes. You don’t need to be an expert to do brilliant work. You don’t need to be an expert to be effective. You don’t need to be an expert to make a difference.
What if we all stopped striving so hard for social recognition and focused instead on quenching our curiosity, exploring our inklings, and following our hearts down those gloriously non-linear paths?
How would things be different? How would you be different?