Be content to appear clueless or stupid in extraneous matters

Reading Howard Marks Letter today and reminded me a good old quote:

 

“If you wish to improve,” Epictetus once said, “be content to appear clueless or stupid in extraneous matters.”

One of the most powerful things we can do as a human being in our hyperconnected, 24/7 media world is say: “I don’t know.” Or more provocatively, “I don’t care.” Not about everything, of course – just most things.

Because most things don’t matter, and most news stories aren’t worth tracking.

 

source: https://www.oaktreecapital.com/docs/default-source/memos/expert-opinion.pdf

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