Ignorance and indiscipline cannot form the foundations of any enterprise that will stand the test of time. It takes more than passion, zeal, and having a vision to build something that will stand the test of time. As it is written in the Book of Proverbs, “Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries with his feet [acting impulsively and proceeding without caution or analyzing the consequences] sins (misses the mark)” (Proverbs 19:2 AMP). Knowledge plays a bigger role in creating a better world than one might consciously realize.
A lot of passionate and visionary people are building in ignorance, albeit unconsciously. They do not realize how much they do not know, or the extent of the knowledge gap they need to cover. If you want to build an effective organization, arm yourself with knowledge. The most effective and successful organizations in the world are knowledge-driven. Heads were turned in 2019 when CNN reported that Amazon had over a hundred economists that had doctorate degrees, working for them. You only need to take a look at open roles at top firms in your industry to see the kind of knowledge requirements they are demanding.
Do not build in ignorance and indiscipline. Some misguided Christians disdain knowledge, claiming insights are superior to knowledge. This is nonsense because insights are driven by knowledge. You cannot receive an insight that is higher than your realm of knowledge. Knowledge is the fuel, the raw material for insights and creativity. To avoid this pitfall, where you build in ignorance, you will require mentors. You don’t know what you don’t know. However, a mentor knows what you don’t know, and can point you in the right direction. You also want to develop a roster of credible, effective organizations in your industry that you can use as a benchmark for your work.