Hey guys what do reckon 'ignorance' means in Mark Twain's saying?
"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and
then Success is sure."
-- Mark Twain


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I tend to interpret this as ignoring anything that may cause you to care about things other than your own success, such as ignoring the fact that child labor might be used in producing cheap products that (as an example) your company may profit off of. It's ironic, but not neccessarily untrue. It also doesn't say that this is how success should be acheived; only that living this way is likely to lead to it.
Well-Said!! Ignorance of FEAR!!
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...and there you have the Dunning-Kruger effect in a nutshell. annon annon
I agree also that this is not about being stupid (ignorance), it is about not knowing. Knowing or thinking you know can be an obstacle to success. How many times is a problem appear not solvable when no one can see the way but after discussion, considering options bringing in other people that are subject matter experts and further review an answer is found when seemingly impossible. I have seen this many times. Mark Twain provides us many interesting anecdotes and if here was here today even that fact that we are discussing this he would find interesting.....well maybe not.
In the U.S. we have a national leader who has used this motto as his creed. And, despite failures, he is praised.
Also, there is a new one on the horizon who has certainly practiced ignorance and confidence in her failures.
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This seems about right also look at the many industries destroying us and the planet.

But who knows what he originally ment by it.

"I'm not the declining sort. I would take charge of the constellations if I were asked to do it. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure."

Seems like irony to me. No amount of motivational hoo haa will give someone control of the constellations.

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The only person who is correct on this quote is the one that mentioned those that are stupid and overly confident will believe their successes to be true. Donald Trump personifies this to the core.
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