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I Dare You to Teach Me

Posted September 19, 2012 in Community Featured, Grimes

We all know someone who practically wears that on a T-shirt. The guy who has it all figured out and doesn’t need it explained.

If you don’t know someone like this, I’m sorry… it means you are probably that person. These people simply don’t want to hear what you have to say. However, let’s not confuse expressing opinions with education. Opinions are like belly buttons. Education is more like a box of tools. Anyway, that’s just what I think…

You don’t know what you don’t know. I see this in every “Ladies Night Out” class we teach at Shade Tree Auto. People who have been getting their vehicles serviced for years, or have been through an accident, or think that they understand their insurance. By the end of the night, everyone walks away with valuable information. The tricky part is convincing people that the class is worth their time. Offering free wine and food from Görtz Haus Gallery and Bistro usually helps.

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Yes, I just quoted Socrates, but in the spirit of the article, I didn’t realize he was the original author. During the last few months I have been the attendee at meetings, classes and events I normally wouldn’t have been involved in, had it not been for the Grimes Chamber and Economic Development. Most of these events had changed my opinion on certain topics; all of them left me with a better sense of understanding and an opportunity to meet other people who are passionate about what they do. In the near future, there will be opportunities to become more informed on expansion projects, changes in federal policies that affect the community and new businesses that improve our local options. Feel free to learn more about these topics on your own, but if it helps, I can dare you.

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