A good conversation is a constant stream of unexpected responses.*
Conversations like this can bring out what we know but haven’t had a chance to use as yet.
They are the conversations out of which amazing things emerge.
The problem is, we can be so worn out by what we need to know to just get through the complexity of the modern day that we say no to knowing more than what is necessary.
When the opportunity arrives for one of those amazing conversations, it never happens, it fizzles out, we have nothing much to share.
Saying know to no is about accumulating knowledge that we won’t use today but we will one day in the future.
(*From Tim Harford’s Messy.)