In politics, stupidity is not a handicap. That’s what Napoleon Bonaparte allegedly once said. Does this thought-provoking statement hold ground in a business context?
The above statement can be interpreted in numerous ways.
Fake news travels faster than real news. So if ignorance truly is bliss, the politician (or entrepreneur) could literally spread lies unknowingly.
It could also mean that if a politician or entrepreneur is stupid at one point in time but has a burning willingness to learn and overcome ignorance, stupidity isn’t a handicap. It’s just a temporary setback.
The first definition is unsustainable in the long run. The second one shows enormous potential.
Be anti-fragile. Dare to admit you are currently “stupid,” but with ambition and eagerness to learn, all that can change (quickly).