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Acknowledge, don't celebrate, your ignorance

Posted by Meredith Papas on 29 November 2017
Acknowledge, don't celebrate, your ignorance

Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a writer and a journalist!

That meant, if I survived high school, university was the goal.

My career path since achieving that goal would take me back to uni many times - in an educational and professional sense - including two years on the CQUni Council and, now on the uni's local Regional Engagement Committee.


But it's not just my undergraduate degree or my Masters; it's the hours I have spent in short courses, industry training, professional development, reading, listening to people who know what they're on about... it all adds up.


I was recently engaged as a writer by a national early education provider. It was enriching to see the acute focus placed on our children being nurtured and encouraged into a journey of lifelong learning and empowerment. That's where it starts!


Knowledge is not just power. And it's certainly not just a piece of paper! It's understanding. It's empathy. It's wanting to know more and do more to contribute.

An open mind, the capacity for empathy and just living and let living, are all measures of 'education'; so too the ability to listen and engage in respectful debate. And formal learning only goes so far - and only ticks certain boxes.


Whatever your level and nature of education, it's what you've gained along the way. The how and institution are not that important. Uni can't teach you real life experience.


The point is: Any opportunity for education, learning and growth - in whatever form - has to be cherished! It's what makes us better.


Professing ignorance in order to learn is always way better than embracing and celebrating it.

Author: Meredith Papas
About: WORDS In business they are your most powerful tool; but use them poorly, and they'll be your undoing. Enter, Meredith Papas and iScribe Consulting. Words are Meredith's business. For the past 20 years Meredith has used the written word as her tool of trade. She cut her teeth as a journalist in Regional Queensland, where she specialised in business, agriculture and industry writing, as well as penning features and profiles on regional businesses and identities. She honed her skills as a sub-editor and proof reader, and then took on leadership roles as a newspaper editor in Mount Isa, Gladstone and Mackay. Add to that, roles as a regional editor and then senior group content editor for one of Asia-Pacific's largest regional media organisations, and it rounds out a solid skill set which spans the full gamut of high-level professional writing. Meredith has a simple philosophy: Everyone has a story to tell. But it's not what you have to say - it's how you say it. From professional bios, to business capability statements; CVs to business cases; funding submissions to content for your website, Meredith will work with you to make sure your clients know exactly what you're about. It's insight. It's experience. It's your story to tell. So, tell it.
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